Thanks to a new good Samaritan drug law passed last year, Stephanie Bongiovi, Bon Jovi’s daughter, will be spared criminal charges after she overdosed on heroin in a dorm room at Hamilton College in New York. Ian Grant, 21, the male friend who called 911, also caught the same break. “People will say she got away with murder because of who she is, but this law was passed so people don’t watch somebody die because they’re afraid of jail,” Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said.
Had Bongiovi possessed a minimum of 8 ounces of heroin, she would still be in hot water and would likely need to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
The District Attorney has no choice but to dismiss this case because the new law prohibits him from prosecuting the pair.
Bongiovi was rushed to a hospital as investigators found heroin at the scene and recovered marijuana and glassine envelopes after obtaining a search warrant. She was charged with misdemeanor possession of heroin, misdemeanor marijuana possession, and criminally using drug paraphernalia. Grant was booked at the Kirkland police station on misdemeanor drug possession and was later released. Despite all this, the pair can toss their tickets in the trash and waive their appearance at their scheduled court hearing.
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