Two days ago, Jon Bon Jovi‘s daughter, Stephanie, was discovered in her dorm room by police after her friend, Ian Grant, called 911 saying that she had overdosed on heroin. Since having heroin is illegal, she was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Then those charges were immediately dropped. Why? Let the District Attorney explain. Us Weekly reports:
“By law, we cannot prosecute either of these two individuals,” McNamara explained. Back in September 2011, New York State Penal Law added an exemption clause to drug possession charges for anyone experiencing a “drug or alcohol overdose or other life-threatening medical emergency” — the law also exempts anyone making the call about such an emergency. District Attorney McNamara told Syracuse’s Post-Standard it’s the “Good Samaritan section” of the law.
“If you want to do heroin and get away with it, it’s also good to be Jon Bon Jovi’s daugter.”, the District Attorney went on to say.