A 29-year-old soap opera actor, and brother of “Captain America” star Chris Evans, has been arrested for allegedly trying to purchase drugs from an undercover officer. According to a news report in The Huffington Post, Scott Evans was arrested in Los Angeles. Officials say the up-and-coming actor was trying to purchase drugs from an undercover LAPD officer. There has been no mention of what types of drugs may have been involved in the arrest. He faces felony charges for attempting to possess a controlled substance.
Under California Health and Safety Code Section 11350, every person who possesses any controlled substance, which is classified in Schedule III, IV, or V which is a narcotic drug, “unless upon the written prescription of a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or veterinarian licensed to practice in this state, shall be punished by imprisonment.” Examples of drugs classified as controlled dangerous substances include: opiates, cocaine, heroin, peyote, hallucinogenic substances, GHB, and controlled prescriptions such as codeine and Vicodin.
There are many questions that must be asked in such cases. Did the defendant have a valid prescription? Did the defendant actually possess the substance? Was the defendant even aware of the drug? Did the defendant know that the drug was a controlled substance? Was the search or seizure conducted in a manner that violated the defendant’s rights?
Whether you are a celebrity or a common person, there are some things that never change in a drug case. Jail time is not always the answer. First-time offenders may be eligible for treatment or rehabilitation. In some cases, repeat offenders may be eligible for a drug court program. It takes an experienced drug possession defense lawyer to analyze the specifics of each case and work diligently toward the best possible outcome.