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Police found heroin and marijuana in Jon Bon Jovi's daughter's dorm room, but Stephanie Rose Bongiovi won't be facing charges. On Thursday, the District Attorney revealed that charges had been dropped against Bongiovi,19, who was arrested earlier this week on charges of possession. But it's not a case of celebrity favoritism; it comes down to something called the "Good Samaritan" law.
The reason that police were called to Bongiovi's dorm in the first place, is that she was found unresponsive after a reported heroin overdose. The Hamilton College student was rushed to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Shortly afterwards, she and her friend Ian Grant, 21, were arrested on charges of possession. But because of the circumstances of the arrest, Bongiovi and Grant (who called 911 after her overdose) can't be charged with a crime. New York Law exempts people from possession charges if they're trying to save someone from "a drug or alcohol overdose or other life-threatening medical emergency," or if they're the victim in question.
"By law, they have immunity. I can’t prosecute them even if I wanted to," the local District Attorney told the Utica Observer-Dispatch. "To proceed would be highly inappropriate and highly unethical, and would jeopardize my opportunity to practice in the future."
Incidentally, the "Good Samaritan" loophole doesn't apply if the police find more than 8 ounces of heroin, which means that Bongiovi and Grant had less. Police are still investigating the source of the students' illegal drugs.
Bongiovi, the oldest of Jon Bon Jovi's four children with wife Dorothea Hurley, was originally charged with misdemeanor possession of heroin, misdemeanor marijuana possession, and criminally using drug paraphernalia. The family has not issued a comment on the incident.