Stevie was charged with possession of cocaine on 5th December 1979. He was released on bail. On 17th April 1980 he was sentenced to 2 years probation and ordered not to leave Texas for this period. Stevie later hired a new lawyer, who got the probation conditions changed to allow him to work outside of Texas.
It is thought that a deal was possibly being negotiated with Tokai Guitars and that Stevie received a number guitars as an incentive. However, Stevie was upset at the way Tokai had brandished his picture all over their catalogue and advertising posters and the deal was aborted. The contract below was signed, but more than likely his signature was forged by his then wife Lenny.