The DA says New York law exempts possession charges in overdose cases involving a call for help
Jon Bon Jovi’s daughter, Stephanie Rose Bongiovi, no longer faces drug charges because of New York’s law applying to overdose cases in which there was a call for help, authorities said Thursday.
Bongiovi, 19, and Ian S. Grant, 21, both students at Hamilton College in Upstate New York, were arrested this week on drug possession charges after officers found heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her dorm room, according to police.
On Thursday, the misdemeanor charges against both were dropped because of a 2011 amendment to the New York penal code exempting people from possession charges if they had sought help for somebody experiencing a “drug or alcohol overdose or other life-threatening medical emergency.”
The so-called “Good Samaritan” section of the law applies to the Bongiovi case because Grant had called for help for the rocker’s daughter as she suffered a possible overdose, authorities said.
“By law, they have immunity. I can t prosecute them even if I wanted to, said Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara, according to the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, N.Y. “To proceed would be highly inappropriate and highly unethical, and would jeopardize my opportunity to practice in the future.”
Bongiovi, one of the singer’s four children with wife Dorothea Hurley, was hospitalized early Wednesday. Her condition was unknown. Reps for Bon Jovi have not commented.