By Vorhis & Doan, March 14, 2013.

Drug charges often bring many challenges for Florida residents, but they can provide even more complications for those who are in the public eye. A well-known Bellator mixed martial artist, Daniel Straus, was recently accused of traffic and drug charges after being arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At last report, he was being held in North Broward jail pending a bail in the amount of $2,200.

Strauss has enjoyed significant success as a Bellator fighter. He won 17 out of 18 of his last fights and captured the Season 6 crown in his weight class in 2012. That effort earned him a hefty $100,000 prize. Unfortunately, he did have to withdraw from a title fight set for April because he broke his hand, which opened the door for another fighter to face the Season 7 tournament champion.

According to recent reports, Strauss was pulled over in Florida for some sort of traffic matter. He was ultimately charged with driving under a suspended license, possessing over 20 grams of cannabis, possessing MDMA (also known as ecstasy) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Further details of the traffic stop and arrest were not immediately available.

Handling traffic and drug charges like those this MMA fighter has been accused of can be trying under the best of circumstances. Add to that the increased scrutiny that can come from being a public figure, and it can be an ever tougher prospect. With that being said, though, our justice system provides the opportunity for accused individuals to defend themselves against any allegations leveled by authorities. Further, the burden of proof rests squarely upon the shoulders of government prosecutors, who must prove the claims they make, rather than an accused person being required to disprove the drug charges.

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