Defense Attorney pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges
POSTED: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 1:45pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 7:15pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Defense Attorney Nelvile Hollingsworth was in court this morning, Thursday, March 8, to answer to charges of his own.
Hollingsworth pleading guilty to Possession of Marijuana., which was a downgrade from his original charge of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Situation.
Hollingsworth is accused of attempting to smuggle a little more than 5 grams of marijuana into the Angola prison. He was visiting the prison to speak to one of his clients.
Hollingsworth was in font of the judge for a short time and pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor. He will pay $400 in fines plus court fees, along with four, eight-hour days of community service and one year of supervised probation. He will also face random drug tests for the next year and will have a drug evaluation to determine whether he has a drug or alcohol problem.
West Feliciana District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla does not believe Hollingsworth was attempting to smuggle the drugs into the prison. Rather, he believes it was his and was accidentally brought into facility.
We're told Hollingsworth will now get to keep his job.