Indianapolis Mayor Hogsett’s son pays fine, avoids jail time in marijuana case

Mug shot of William Hogsett courtesy of the Rushville Police Department

Mug shot of William Hogsett courtesy of the Rushville Police Department

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The son of Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will not face time in jail after he was arrested on a marijuana charge in July.

As part of a plea agreement, William Hogsett agreed to pay $333, and not use alcohol or any non-prescription drugs. He must also not commit any criminal offenses for a year and maintain general good behavior.

Hogsett admitted to the allegations, and the State agreed to withhold prosecution if he meets the term of the agreement.

Police arrested Hogsett on July 1. Officers said they observed a vehicle crossing the center line, and they pulled the car over on the west side of Rushville on Old State Road 44.

An officer smelled marijuana inside the car and conducted a search. Police described the amount of drugs found in the car as a dime bag of marijuana with less than 30 grams, as well as a marijuana pipe.

Court records claim Hogsett showed signs of impairment and admitted, “He smoked marijuana ‘this morning’… but doesn’t normally have marijuana in his car.”

Mayor Hogsett’s office issued this statement after the arrest:

“Of the many things Joe Hogsett is responsible for, the most important is serving as a father to his family. And as a former prosecutor with a deep respect for the rule of law, he appreciates the seriousness of this matter. Obviously, Joe will continue to spend the coming days with his teenage son as he and his family address this disappointing incident.”

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