I am 18 years old from Ohio. Minutes after pulling into Walmart, three cops ran up and got me out of car and searched it after "receiving a tip of the smell of marijuana" I was charged with drug para, possession of marijuana and I had a bottle of liquor in my trunk that's been there since New Years. I already have underage consumption charge, am I looking at jail time? Or can I got to alcohol classes?
DUI / DWI Attorney
You need to speak with an Attorney who handles these kinds of cases in the Court where you were charged. The answer to your question is: IT ALL DEPENDS. Depends on the Court, Prosecutor, Defense Attorney, Probation Department, YOU, Your FAMILY, ASSOCIATES, Etc. MANY FACTORS COME IN TO PLAY! That is why you need to speak with someone who can advise you more specifically to your situation and location. In some courts, you would not be looking at any jail time. In some courts, yes you would. In some courts you could get an alcohol class. In some courts you might not.
However, Marijuana and Paraphernalia Convictions have DEVASTATING COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES IN OHIO!!! YOU CANNOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE CONVICTED OF EITHER OF THOSE OFFENSES!!!! NO MATTER WHAT!!!
Call me for a referral to an Attorney in your area.
Mark A. Deters, Esq.
PENICK & DETERS
1800 Lyons Rd.
Dayton, Ohio 45458
(937) 434-7100– tel.
(937) 434-4155 – fax.
(419) 466-8925 – cell.
Criminal Defense Attorney
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Criminal Defense Attorney
You are facing up to 180 days in jail for the alcohol. You are facing jail but may be able to avoid this will a good attorney. You should hire a good attorney. Good luck.
Attorney Chris Beck
Beck Law Office, L.L.C.
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