I want to know is it worth the time trying to fight a possession of marijuana charge?

I was in the car with two other people. The car smelled like marijuana when the cop looked in the car. He asked who the joint was for and one person claimed it, but he charged al of us with it. I was unaware it was still in te car I thought the person it was for smoked it already and thrown it out. I don't have 400 dollars to pay for the charge and I can't have that on my record even if it's only for 6 months to a year.


Asked over 8 years ago in Lake charles, Louisiana
Categories: Criminal Law

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David White

Answer by David White

VerifiedLouisiana lawyer


Typically the charge brings no jail if it's first offense. Usually if the person claiming the joint will say that in court, the rest of defendants are let loose. Plus it depends where the joint was found. If it's not in your immediate control , you have a chance
good luck David White

Posted over 8 years ago

Please note that this is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice to you. Legal advice pertaining to your particular situation can only be provided by a lawyer who has met with you to obtain all pertinent background information necessary to give you a formal legal opinion. For formal legal advice, hire a lawyer (many give a free first consultation). Contact David White, or search the Lawyer Directory.


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Ok thanks for the advice..is there way I can stop this from going to court at all? Like not even go to the arraignment? The other girl in the car with us was also charged and have no problem telling the truth..plus our arraignments are on the same day

Posted over 8 years ago


David White

Answer by David White

VerifiedLouisiana lawyer


yes go to court. she may say the drugs were hers, and they'll dismiss it. if not plead not guilty. it's best if you had an attorney

Posted over 8 years ago

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Yeah I know wish I did but an attorney cost more then the charge lol..so if she is at the arraignment and say the drugs are not mine they will probably dismiss it? And what if she dont say that and I have the other person in the car that has been charged too and we both say the drugs were for her when we go to the arraignment? Is there a possibility they will drop the charges on us as Long as we show up in court for her court date?

Posted over 8 years ago


David White

Answer by David White

VerifiedLouisiana lawyer


See my advice above, i don't know what they'll do for sure. if she says the drugs aren't hers, plead not guilty and and they'll set a trial date. despite the cost of an attorney, you really don't want a drug conviction on your record. it could affect your present and future employment
david

Posted over 8 years ago

Please note that this is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice to you. Legal advice pertaining to your particular situation can only be provided by a lawyer who has met with you to obtain all pertinent background information necessary to give you a formal legal opinion. For formal legal advice, hire a lawyer (many give a free first consultation). Contact David White, or search the Lawyer Directory.

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