The former child actor, facing a heroin charge, delays his arraignment to seek treatment

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 02, 2006 08:00 AM

Former child actor Brad Renfro, who was arrested Dec. 22 in a Los Angeles Skid Row police sting that netted 14 other people, had his arraignment scheduled for last Friday postponed until Jan. 18, because he is undergoing drug rehabilitation, his lawyer said Friday.

Renfro’s attorney, Richard Kaplan, said his client is doing well and “looks forward to doing whatever is necessary to take care of his personal and legal issues,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

Renfro, who starred in 1994’s The Client when he was 12, is now 23. He was charged with a felony count of attempting to possess heroin and remains free on $10,000 bail.

Renfro’s other credits include Tom and Huck, Ghost World, Deuces Wild and The Jacket.

“He was contrite about being arrested and he readily acknowledged that he had a drug problem,” police Lt. Paul Vernon said at a news conference.

If convicted, Renfro could evade prison thanks to a 2000 law requires that first- and second-time nonviolent drug offenders be ordered to treatment programs instead, said Jane Robison, a district attorney’s spokeswoman.

This is not Renfro’s first brush with the law. His most recent previous encounter was on Nov. 24, when he was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and two counts of driving with a suspended license, said city attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan.