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Redmond O'Neal facing felony drug charge

Redmond O'Neal, the son of Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett, is currently facing charges of felony heroin possession as well as gun charges. Redmond O'Neal was arrested on Tuesday following a traffic stop. He was pulled over by law enforcement for allegedly running a red light. After he was stopped, police searched his car and found heroin. Later, police searched his apartment and found a .9mm handgun.

The troubled son of the late Fawcett (who passed away from cancer a couple of years ago) and actor Ryan O'Neal has been arrested before for drug crimes and has spent time in jail and in substance abuse rehabilitation. The 26-year-old has had problems with addiction to drugs since he was a teenager reports CBS News.

Sometimes, an addiction can be taken into account when someone is facing serious drug charges and a judge can opt for additional treatment for the defendant rather than jail time, particularly if the defendant has access to a special drug court.

O'Neal's attorney is hopeful that his client will be able to receive more treatment instead of being sent to jail for the recent drug crime, but he is not sure that is going to be the case if he is convicted. O'Neal is charged with felony heroin possession and with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday. He is due in court on August 24 to face a charge of probation violation. He could be sent to jail for up to four years if he is convicted of the charges.

Source: CBS News, "Redmond O'Neal pleads not guilty to drug possession, gun charges," Casey Glynn, Aug. 5, 2011

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