The rapper YNW Melly was taken into custody in South Florida on Jan. 3 and charged with multiple drug offenses. The 19-year-old was charged with a count of possession of marijuana of less than 20 grams and use of drug paraphernalia. The rapper said that he believed that he would be released at some point before his next tour was set to begin.
There was no update as to whether the rapper had been released from Lee County Jail or if he had an attorney. There were also no details as to why the rapper was stopped by law enforcement. While a source reached out to representatives for the artist, it was not clear if they had any comment on the matter.
Regardless of whether drug crimes are labeled as misdemeanors or felonies, a conviction could come with significant penalties. It is also possible that a person could spend time in jail prior to his or her court date if bail is not granted or not paid. If a person is charged with drug possession or any other charge, it may be necessary to hire an attorney. However, defendants are free to represent themselves in a criminal matter.
Having an attorney may make it easier to negotiate a plea deal or have a case dismissed. Furthermore, having legal representation could make it possible to receive an opportunity to post bail or have a bail amount reduced. In many cases, the ability to be released prior to a trial gives a person an opportunity to receive a more favorable outcome.