In our justice system, no one is supposed to be above the law. The son of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is learning that. Asa Hutchinson III was arrested on May 21 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, at the Hangout Music Festival. The 40-year-old Hutchinson was released from jail the following morning on $5,000 bond, but he is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.
Hutchinson was reportedly stopped by authorities as he tried to enter the festival. The local sheriff’s office says that when officers asked if he was carrying any contraband, he removed a flask of alcohol from his waistband. Officers searched him and allegedly recovered four ecstasy tablets and two capsules of Molly. Both are amphetamines.
The Monday after his son’s arrest, Gov. Hutchinson said, “[M]y son’s an adult and he will have to address this just like he has had to address other things in the past.” The younger Hutchinson was arrested this past January after his car struck a guardrail in Fayetteville on Interstate 49. He was charged with DWI and careless driving. He also reportedly refused to do a field sobriety test.
At the time of the January arrest, it was reported that Hutchinson had two prior DWI arrests. One was in 1996 and the other was in 2001.
Obviously, the potential consequences of any arrest become more significant when someone has had prior run-ins with the law — particularly when they involve similar alleged crimes. That’s why it’s essential to seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights and guide you through the criminal justice system.
Source: KATV, “Arkansas Governor’s son arrested at Alabama music festival; accused of carrying ‘Molly’,” Sarah Chaffin, May 23, 2016