Hollywood “It” Girl, Paris Hilton, Charged with Felony Drug Possession

Paris HiltonParis Hilton was charged Friday, August 27 with felony cocaine possession in Las Vegas, Nevada. Apparently Sin City proved to be a little too sinful for the likes of Paris.

The heiress and great-granddaughter to hotel mogul Conrad Hilton, Ms. Hilton, has stated that she is not worried about these charges (which have already been filed by the District Attorney), but maybe she should be.  Las Vegas District Attorney, David Roger, (the man who put OJ Simpson behind bars on robbery charges), does not take kindly to celebrities who come to Las Vegas and think they don’t need to play by the rules.

Paris Hilton is no stranger to the law. Over the last few years, she has served 23 days in jail for violating her probation stemming from a 2007 DWI conviction. In addition she was just detained this year in South Africa for possession of marijuana during a World Cup match. That charge was later dropped.

Felony drug possession in Minnesota is punishable by up to five years imprisonment and/or up to $10,000 in fines. Because Paris resides full-time in California, and the crime was committed in Nevada, she will be extradited for sentencing and the charges will be dependent on Nevada criminal law. Her prior California criminal record will likely be taken into account.

The bigger issue at play is not Paris’ blatant disregard for the law—it’s more so that her legal counsel and handlers have let her down. While Paris has publically stated that she would like to make positive changes in her life, her issues have clearly not been confronted. Hilton is still acting out and still using drugs and alcohol as a crutch.

The most important component of Hilton’s criminal counsel will have to be rehabilitation for the 29-year-old. It has to end somewhere, and the threat of one to five years in prison may be just the catalyst to send this party girl into reform.

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Avery Appelman is a criminal defense lawyer and the founder of Appelman Law Firm. While his practice is primarily recognized for its work with DWI and related offenses, he has 16 years of experience working with clients on drug, assault, theft, traffic, criminal sexual conduct, and prostitution charges.

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