Band director faces drug charges

Readers from Michigan may have heard about the band director from Mackinac County that was recently accused of cultivating and selling marijuana. Authorities have charged her with maintaining a drug house, criminal conspiracy, drug delivery and two charges of manufacturing marijuana. After being taken into custody, she was released from jail on a $50,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 21.

The woman has since been placed on leave until further notice. According to the school superintendent, she had only recently accepted a position as band director after having taught at the high school since 2002.

The Upper Peninsula Sustenance Enforcement Team of the Michigan State Police carried out the investigation. Police say that the home the defendant shared with two others was searched on Oct. 9. Officers reportedly seized money, cellphones, alleged marijuana and related paraphernalia during the search. Sources have not revealed any evidence that the woman was selling marijuana to her students or any other minors.

In a case such as this, the evidence against someone accused of drug charges may be subject to thorough review by their defense attorney. In some cases, it may be possible to negotiate to have the charges reduced. Furthermore, some defense strategies focus on using elements of a defendant's background to mitigate the charges against a defendant by advocating for leniency. Similarly, testimony of character by witnesses that have personal or professional relationships with a defendant may also help to mitigate the charges to a certain degree.

Source:, " School band director charged with running a drug house", October 13, 2014