Certainly you want to go in to court with a lawyer. Call whoever represented you originally. Since the change in the law last year, most courts aren't prosecuting marijuana related misdemeanors anymore. If that is what the drug was in your case, that may help.
I agree with the others, but 'deferred' can be used a couple of different ways. Make sure you fully understand what is being offered when they say 'deferred'. In my experience, it almost always means a dismissal at the end, but make sure you know exactly what you have to do to get that dismissal, and what can prevent it from happening.
Yep. 51-60. 12 points WOULD expose the accused person to an exceptional sentence above the standard range, but in this case the charge maxes out at 60 so that risk is eliminated. Multiple counts (for more than one firearm) require consecutive sentences. And it if were to be bumped to a first degree for any reason, the range jumps to 87-116, with an exceptional sentence upward then available.
The delay can be the tox lab OR the local prosecutor. Once the testing is done, the report is sent back to the police. Then the police take some time to finalize their report. Then it gets forwarded to the DOL and to the prosecutor, who may take weeks or months to look at it, depending on their case load.
It is also possible that the result came back below the limit, so no charges are being filed.
In the meantime, make sure the DOL has your current address. When the report gets to them, if...
I agree with the other answers, you certainly should meet with a lawyer before the court date. Find someone who practices in the court where you have been ordered to appear. These are very often cases you can keep off of your record (and avoid jail), but you need to act sooner rather than later.
Right, 'with prejudice' means that charge can't be re-filed. WSP is the place to go for removal of non-conviction information like you have discussed, there are instructions and a form on their website.
Yes, a lawyer can waive that first appearance. But unless the case is just going to be dismissed quickly, you will probably have to make a personal appearance at some point. The attorney will be able to influence when that appearance is, and a few courts allow telephonic appearance. I would talk to a lawyer in your area as soon as possible and get full details.