If you’re charged with a crime in America, you’re presumed innocent until proven guilty, of course.
But we imagine there must be one local attorney – one lucky, lucky local attorney – experiencing a touch of heartburn today over the celebratory manner in which a young drug suspect, arrested Wednesday by the Sanford Police Department on a variety of drug charges, announced his release from the Lee County Jail.
In a now-deleted comment on the Sanford Herald’s Facebook post about the story, the 22-year-old wrote “I am free made bond.” An intrepid tipster provided these screen shots:
The Sanford Police Department’s arrest report indicates the accused’s bond was set at $100,000 secured after he was allegedly found in possession of 5.3 grams of heroin, 12.7 grams of methamphetamine, and nearly 25 grams of marijuana.
And while the announcement has been deleted, many reactions to it have not. If the acronyms in play are any indication, there’s a whole lot of shaking going on. And you go, Ranger Steve.
Most defense attorneys will tell the accused not to talk about their case publicly, much less on social media. There doesn’t appear to be any admission of wrongdoing in this case, so let’s hope all parties involved learned a fun but important lesson.