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'Gossip Girl's' Chace Crawford charged with pot possession

By Alan Duke, CNN
Actor Chace Crawford was arrested early Friday morning.
Actor Chace Crawford was arrested early Friday morning.
  • Crawford arrested early Friday in hometown
  • Marijuana charge is a misdemeanor
  • Texas lawyer says jail time is rare in such cases

(CNN) -- "Gossip Girl" actor Chace Crawford was arrested on a marijuana charge in his hometown Plano, Texas, early Friday morning, police said.

The misdemeanor charge involves possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, according to the police report.

Crawford, 24, was riding in a 2003 Nissan 350Z when police stopped him, the arrest report said.

The charge carries a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine, although a first offender can usually expect a year or less probation, according to Texas criminal lawyer George Reul. Jail time is rare in such cases, he said.

Many defendants get "deferred adjudication," under which they are not technically convicted and it is removed from their criminal record if they successfully complete probation, Reul said.

Crawford has won two Teen Choice acting awards for his role as Nate Archibald in "Gossip Girl," which is in its fourth season on the CW network.

CNN's Jack Hannah contributed to this report.