Reality star charged with drug crimes after a call for help

Georgia residents may be familiar with the popular reality series "Love and Hip Hop." A spin-off of the show takes place in Atlanta, and is extraordinarily popular among viewers. Fans tune in each week to see their favorite characters navigate real life events, but recently an off-camera incident resulted in charges related to drug crimes for one of the show's stars. 

The woman, named Erica Mena, maintains a residence in Georgia. Concerned neighbors called police after they say they heard a terrible argument unfolding between the woman and her boyfriend. According to reports, she had locked herself in a room to hide from the man, who was shouting and behaving aggressively. He is accused of breaking the door down to get to her. 

Police arrived and arrested the man. Mena, however, was apparently honest with officers after they inquired about suspected marijuana use in the home. Police say she admitted that she has occasionally used it, and had a small amount in the home. Even though police had come to rescue her from the angry man, and she was not suspected of any other crimes, she was hit with drug charges and taken to jail. 

When a person becomes a defendant for accusations of drug crimes, it's natural to fear that the accusations may affect his or her personal and professional life. An accusation is not proof of guilt, and defendants have the option to partner with an experienced attorney in answering formal charges. An attorney may be able to help present a defense in court focused on achieving a favorable outcome for the accused. 

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