My friends and I were sleeping in my car when we were approached by an officer. When I went to get my regis. out of the glove compartment, my friend's small amt. of marijuana fell out. I did not know it was there. He would not own up for it, but took a charge of possession of alcohol. Since it was my car, I was arrested for it, and put in holding cell for 14 hrs. I was extremely cooperative, but not have a trial in Sept. I live 5 hrs. away. What do I do? Thank you.
Criminal Defense Attorney
Sorry to hear about this. You should definetly contact a MD lawyer ASAP. Since you're out of state, you can probably do a free phone consultation. I offer this. If you can't afford a lawyer, you may be eligible for a public defender.
If you have a clean record, it will likely stay that way based on what you're saying.
I would take the case seriously, but don't panic. Courts are usually lenient in these types of cases.
There are lots of things an attorney can do to protect your record. The best thing to do is take action, and call a lawyer. It will give you some peace of mind.
White Collar Crime Lawyer
You should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You should discuss with the attorney in what way you were "extremely cooperative." In general, the less said the better since even protestations of innocence may be used as evidence of guilt. Do not post more detailed information about this case on this or any other website. In many jurisdictions, simple possession of small amounts of marijuana can be resolved without creating a permanent record. Don't allow your poor choice of "friends" to affect the remainder of your life. Get an attorney asap. Good luck.
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