Stephanie Bongiovi gets heroin charges

That New York prosecutors are dropping heroin possession charges against the daughter of rocker Jon Bon Jovi, citing a state law that prohibits charging people who overdose and those who come to their aid.
All criminal charges against 19-year-old Stephanie Bongiovi and a 21-year-old male who called for help after she OD’d were dropped thanks to a recently-passed good Samaritan law – the New York Daily News reported.
Bongiovi was charged with possession of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia after emergency personnel were called to her dorm room at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

Stephanie Bongiovi gets heroin charges
Stephanie Bongiovi.

Drug charges against Jon Bon Jovi’s 19-year-old daughter have been dropped – a central New York prosecutor said Thursday.
Stephanie Bongiovi was found unresponsive by medics after she apparently overdosed on heroin in a Hamilton College dorm early Wednesday. Town of Kirkland police charged Bongiovi, of Red Bank, N.J., and fellow student Ian Grant, also of Red Bank, with possession of a small amount of heroin and marijuana.
Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said he was dismissing the charges against both students. Under state law, someone having a drug overdose or seeking help for an overdose victim can’t be prosecuted for having a small amount of heroin or any amount of marijuana.
The so-called Good Samaritan 911 law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July 2011 was designed to reduce overdose deaths by encouraging people to call 911 without fear of being arrested for drug possession. Similar laws have been passed in several other states.
Bon Jovi (50) is scheduled to perform at a concert to benefit Hamilton’s scholarships and arts programs in Times Square on December 5. He has not commented on his daughter’s overdose.
He has four children, Stephanie and three sons.

Jon Bon Jovi’s daughter is off the hook in her heroin case.
Stephanie Bongiovi (19) won’t face charges after allegedly overdosing on heroin in a dorm room at Hamilton College in upstate New York, thanks to a new good Samaritan drug law passed last year, prosecutors said Thursday.
Ian Grant (21) – the male friend who called 911, also caught the same break.
“People will say she got away with murder because of who she is, but this law was passed so people don’t watch somebody die because they’re afraid of jail” – Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara told the Daily News.
“And you don’t want the person overdosing to say, ‘No, don’t call’” – he added.
He said Bongiovi would still be in hot water if she possessed a minimum of 8 ounces of heroin, but she did not.
“It was an insignicant amount. Heroin does not weigh that much in the first place” – he told The News.

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