Criminal Law: Snoop Dogg Arrested for Weed – “Snoop Dogg isn’t the Only Canine with a Nose for Weed “

TMZ reports that Snoop Dogg has been arrested for possession of weed. I love reading great openings.  “Snoop Dogg isn’t the Only Canine with a Nose for Weed. . .” What an opening by TMZ.

“Snoop Dogg isn’t the only canine with a nose for weed … TMZ has learned the rapper was ARRESTED in Texas this weekend after a drug-sniffing dog uncovered marijuana on his tour bus.

Law enforcement sources tell us … Snoop’s tour bus was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca — a small town in West Texas where Willie Nelson was popped for weed back in 2010.

It’s all pretty ironic — considering Snoop RAILED against cops in 2010 for arresting the country singer, claiming, “They better leave Willie the f**k alone.”

We’re told the border patrol ran a standard inspection of the bus with the dog … when the animal alerted the agents to a possible hit in a waste basket in the back of the vehicle.

The agents claim they found a red prescription bottle with several joints inside. We’re told the bottle contained under a half-ounce of weed.

Cops say Snoop admitted the dope belonged to him. Snoop has a prescription for cannabis in California, but law enforcement tells us, there is a zero tolerance policy for weed in Texas … regardless of his status in other states.

Snoop was issued a citation for misdemeanor drug possession and released. . .”

Several things to note:

1. Snoop has a prescription for cannabis in California. It is prudent if you will travel out of California into another state, especially a state like Texas, to do your homework. Laws differ from state to state.

2. Snoop was cited for a misdemeanor drug possession and released. In California, a misdemeanor carries a sentence of maximum one year or less in addition to the fines you will have to pay for the crime committed. If you should spend anytime “locked up,” that time is usually spent in the county jail. Typically, the maximum sentence you should expect to spend locked up for a misdemeanor charge is six months with a maximum fine of $1,000. Nevertheless, depending on the misdemeanor i.e. if it is “aggravated” or “gross,”  the fines increase up to $2,000 while the jail time increases to one year, maximum.

Since Snoop was cited and released, the crime is deemed a less serious crime than a felony which would carry a sentence of one year to life, depending on the charges, in California. The first court appearance Snoop makes before a Judge is known as an arraignment. See the Paris Hilton Cocaine Possession case for more discussions on arrest and how arraignments work in a California court.

NOTE: In Texas, a misdemeanor carries a sentence of one year or less like California. A felony sentence, in Texas, carries anywhere from 6months to life.

Your first point of contact, needless to say, is to hire a good criminal defense attorney  to help fight your case for you.

TMZ has the full story and video.