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Sean Penn's son facing drug charges following traffic stop

Illinois fans of Sean Penn may have heard that his 24-year-old son was taken into custody on drug possession charges on April 4. Hooper Penn and his 26-year-old girlfriend were reportedly driving in a 1992 Volvo when they were pulled over in Nebraska for suspected drug activity.

During a search of the vehicle, authorities reported that 14 grams of marijuana, three grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms and four amphetamine pills were found. Penn was ultimately charged with possession of a controlled substance for the mushrooms and possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. His girlfriend was charged with possession of a controlled substance for the mushrooms and possession of a controlled substance for the amphetamines. Both were taken to Hamilton County Jail.

Penn revealed in March 2017 that he had struggled with a crystal meth addiction that lasted for years. He eventually went to rehab after his father gave him an ultimatum.

In Illinois, the penalties for convictions on drug charges can be severe. However, they can include a number of different factors, including the type of drug involved, the amount of the drug and whether or not the accused person has a prior criminal record. If a person is convicted, he or she could face a jail or prison sentence, probation and the requirement to complete drug education or rehabilitation. A criminal law attorney may challenge the traffic stop that resulted in the seizure of the drugs under some circumstances, such as if it was made without the requisite reasonable suspicion on the part of law enforcement. This could result in the evidence being suppressed and the charges dropped.

Source: FOX News, "Sean Penn, Robin Wright's son Hopper arrested for drug possession", April 5, 2018

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