The answer to this question depends on many things including the actual weight of the marijuana, statements made to law enforcement by your son and his friend, the facts surrounding the initial stop of the vehicle, and much more. There is also a possibility that if this is his first arrest, a pre trial diversion program is available or the charge can be reduced to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge.
My office offers free consultations in these cases. In any event, hire an...
We need much more information to answer this question. What would you take the lie detector for? Is it for a violation of probation of Community Control? For the original charge? What was the charge and what are you being violated for?
All these things and more need to be discussed with a criminal defense attorney, even if you feel you were scammed by the first one. Please get an attorney.
You should discuss this with a criminal defense attorney in Maryland. Hopefully the court will allow some plea in absentia (written plea to the court sworn to by you and submitted to the judge) without the execution of the warrant.
Try the Maryland Bar Association website to find an attorney in the county where your charges are pending.
I agree that you probably wont get much advice on a counter offer in this forum without being able to look at your specific case- so ask your attorney. The time that has been spent in custody, if it was spent in on this particular case, should be applied to the total sentence as credit for time served, just make sure that is announced specifically on the record to be 100% sure.
Depending on the judge and the prosecutor, the maximum penalty appears to be 180 days in county jail. I do not think that you would actually be sentenced to that maximum, but it is possible, particularly depending on why you missed the meeting in the first place. If the probation officer actually violated you for this, then you could hire an attorney to negotiate with the state to try and achieve an early resolution with favorable terms for you. If you do not immediately hire an attorney,...