Inside Ashley Biden's Arrest Record

Most people know Joe Biden is extremely close with his family, including his son Hunter Biden. The Democratic hopeful for president has known loss intimately, with his other son Beau passing away after a struggle with cancer in 2015 (via Marie Claire). His daughter Amy was tragically killed in a car accident in 1972 (via Biography). Biden has another daughter named Ashley, the daughter of his second wife, Jill. The social worker may lead a quieter life than her older brother, but she is still very much dedicated to public service, having worked for the Delaware Center for Justice and the Department of Services for Children (via Delaware Online).

But the 39-year-old youngest Biden child has also had some run-ins with the law. According to the New York Post, it was back in college that the now-wife of a plastic surgeon would have her first brush with police — Biden was a student at Tulane University when she was caught with marijuana. There were no charges pressed against her, the paper reports. But this minor offense wouldn't be the last time Ashley Biden encountered legal problems.

Ashley Biden admits she isn't perfect and sees the best in people

Biden would have another brush with the law in 2002, when she was arrested for interfering and threatening statements made to police at a bar in Chicago. She was 21 at the time of the encounter (via Chicago Tribune). According to Headlines & Global News, the former Vice President's daughter's record is now clean following the incident. At the time, Joe Biden was a Delaware Senator, and his Tulane student daughter was visiting friends in the Windy City. Two of her friends were also involved in the incident — they were both charged with battery and resisting an officer. Although the three had charges dropped, AP reports the group apologized to police and received a verbal lashing from a judge in court.

Ashley would face one other scandal in 2009 when a video was released purporting to show her doing cocaine — she never faced any charges based on the footage (viaVanity Fair). 

According to Delaware Today, she admits to having made mistakes, saying, "It doesn't matter if it's overcoming incarceration and poor choices — I've made plenty, too — or grappling with a sibling's death, you can move forward and be better." She adds, "Never judge a person until you walked a mile in his or her shoes," and notes, "If you're looking to make positive changes, you can't hold onto the past."