Marc G. Beginin
Marc G. Beginin, Criminal Defense Attorney - Birmingham, MI
Posted over 1 year ago.

And you're probably not looking at jail, but depending on a variety of circumstances including -- among many other things -- not stopping to smoke marijuana (the judge may order drug testing), you may ultimately be looking at jail time.

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Posted over 1 year ago.

i quit smoking the day i got the ticket and have no intentions on smoking again. i just never got a citation for this before and am wondering when i go to the court house what to expect whether its a fine or court or whatever.

Marc G. Beginin
Marc G. Beginin, Criminal Defense Attorney - Birmingham, MI
Posted over 1 year ago.

If you're not going to hire an attorney in advance, you'll need to call the court to determine the time of you arraignment. At the arraignment, you could just plead guilty but that would be really stupid. You can minimally "stand mute" and the judge will enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf. The judge will impose bond conditions (probably drug testing) and maybe a cash bond (but probably not if you voluntarily walk in). At that time you can ask for a court appointed attorney if you're not going to hire one. It is never a good idea to plead guilty without being advised by an expert. At the end of the day, if you plead or are found guilty, you are looking at costs and fines, community service, probation, drug testing and the like ($500 - $1200 in total fines, costs and supervision fees... depends). You want to make sure you have the opportunity to keep this off your record. It matters, a lot. I really recommend you find a good criminal defense attorney in your area now. He or she will probably cost you between $1,000 and $2,000 but it is money well spent. The attorney can possibly get the arraignment waived, get the case dismissed, get a shorter probation, reduce fines/costs, keep it off your record, etc. etc.