A University of Florida football player has been arrested again, this time for possession of marijuana in Florida. Janoris Jenkins was arrested this past Saturday after police say they caught him smoking pot in a parked car in Gainesville. Even though Jenkins was given a Notice to Appear, this counts as an arrest and he will have to make a court date to address the misdemeanor drug charge. The actual title of the crime is possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. This is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
Jenkins entered a plea to another misdemeanor charge last month of possession of marijuana. Adjudication of guilt was withheld, which means he was not convicted of the pot charge and he has to pay court costs.
In addition to these two pot charges in Florida, Jenkins was arrested in 2009 for affray (also referred to as “fighting” and resisting an officer without violence. He was tasered in the midst of the fight. The fighting charge was dropped and Jenkins resisting case was placed in a pretrial diversion program. Upon completion of the program, the resisting charge should have been dropped.
If you are caught with marijuana in Jacksonville for the first time, the officer will most likely give you a Notice to Appear, which means you will not be arrested at the scene and will have to make a court date sometime in the future. If you are caught a subsequent time, the police will probably arrest you for possession of marijuana in Jacksonville instead of writing you the Notice to Appear.