NFL rookie cornerback facing Tennessee drug charges

| Jan 29, 2020 | Drug Crimes

It is almost exactly a 200-mile drive east of Memphis to get to the campus of Vanderbilt University. The school is perhaps most famous for its research and academics, but it also fields a football team in the SEC, widely regarded as the toughest conference in the nation.

Joejuan Williams starred at cornerback for the Commodores and was chosen in the second round of last year’s NFL draft by the New England Patriots. However, the 22-year-old Tennessee native’s career is in doubt after his recent arrest on drug charges.

According to news reports, Williams was pulled over for speeding by a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County. Williams was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of legend drugs without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

Media reports state that a search of Williams’ vehicle apparently turned up “a large amount” of marijuana, acetaminophen hydrocodone prescription pills (a pain medication) and valacyclovir hydrocodone (a medication used to treat infections).

Though the reports did not state how much “a large amount” of marijuana was in this instance, it is assumed by the absence of trafficking allegations that the amount was within the range typically considered for personal use rather than distribution.

Regardless, these kinds of criminal charges can result in sanctions by Williams’ employer. Depending on circumstances, the allegations can result in a conviction that could threaten or end his professional career.

Those who face drug charges should know that not only are careers endangered by the allegations, but their freedom is as well. Before discussing drug charges with prosecutors or investigators, sit down with a Memphis attorney experienced in aggressive drug-crime defense.