If you've ever faced drug charges, you know how quickly they can change your life. One minute, you could be living well, enjoying your family, friends and freedoms. The next, you could face time behind bars.
Take, for example, this case involving Major League Baseball player Lenny Dykstra. He is facing charges for drugs and for making threats.
According to an Oct. 11 news release, the man, a three-time All-Star and one-time New York Mets champion had been involved in an incident involving a driver for Uber. That incident led to allegations that the Uber driver had tried to kidnap the baseball star. The man had allegedly asked to change his destination after they were already en route.
The driver, on the other hand, stated that Dykstra held a gun to his head, which has led to charges of making terroristic threats. In addition, the player is charged with possessing methamphetamine and cocaine.
Each of these charges is a third-degree felony. Third-degree felonies are punishable with up to five years in prison; that could add up to 15 for the player in a worst-case scenario. The interesting thing in Dykstra's favor is that no weapon was discovered in relation to the allegation that he had threatened the Uber driver.
Situations like this can often come down to he-said-she-said allegations being made. Finding the truth is important, so the victim can leave the situation with their reputation as intact as possible. If you are charged, remember that you have a right to seek assistance from your attorney to avoid penalties and to defend yourself.