An NFL rookie is facing misdemeanor charges following an incident that occurred at the University of Texas on July 16. D’Onta Foreman, a running back with the Houston Texans, was one of at least seven men who were arrested after police responded to a call near a residence hall at 12:24 a.m. Law enforcement officials took the third-round draft pick into custody after arriving at the scene, where a marijuana odor was reportedly emanating from three cars that were parked in the area.

Following a search of his vehicle, Foreman was charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Six other men who were cited for possession of the drug were subsequently released. Foreman’s attorney said that his client was leaving a friend’s home in Austin when he was first approached by police.

At that time, Foreman reportedly told police that he had a handgun inside his vehicle. As noted by his attorney, the firearm was legally purchased, duly registered and secured inside the vehicle in accordance with state law. The attorney added that a passenger in the vehicle was in possession of the drug and that his client was willing to submit to further testing to show that the substance was not in his system.

In his statement, the lawyer also cited the professionalism of the police involved and his confidence in a just resolution once the law is applied to the facts of the case. Texas residents who find themselves detained under similar circumstances may want to seek immediate legal counsel. In some situations, the attorney may be able to mitigate the consequences of the drug charge or have the charges reduced or dismissed.