What does a summons or arraignment mean?

Asked over 3 years ago - Auburn, WA

I have no criminal record. I got a summons for an arraignment for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia... am i going to jail? I am really worried. I am 19 and this is in the state of Washington.
Also, i had gotten pulled over, my car got impounded, they issued a search warrant in which they had to break open my glove box to find a pipe. They found in don't even know how much of medical marijuana that was my "friends " and a little dime bag in the trunk... what do i do? Is an arraignment mean I'm getting sentenced and going to jail?

Attorney answers (2)

  1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence


    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . A "summons" is simply an official order requiring a person to attend court. An "arraignment" is the first appearance in a criminal proceeding. Several things happen at this hearing. First, the judge is required to make sure you understand the relevant Constitutional rights, such as the right to trial and the right to have an attorney. Second, you must inform be informed of the charges against you and the consequences if convicted. In the case of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia, each charge carries up to 90 days and a $1000 fine and mandatory minimums of 1 day and $250. Third, the court will take your plea. This is always "not guilty" at arraignment unless you have contrary advice from an attorney who has reviewed all of the evidence in the case. Finally, if the judge finds there is probable cause, he or she may place conditions of pretrial release on you. This can be anything from staying out of trouble while the case is pending to high bail, or anything in between. For first time misdemeanor possession charges bail is almost never ordered.

    For a medical marijuana defense you need to be either a patient or a designated provider. Consult an attorney that understands this defense to see if you qualify.

    The answer provided is for educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-... more
  2. James Edmund Oliver JR


    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . I agree with the above answer. Additionally, I've added a link with a little more information.

    Good luck,
    Jim Oliver

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

25,118 answers this week

3,046 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

25,118 answers this week

3,046 attorneys answering