From the limited facts you have supplied, it sounds like there are some serious issues as to whether or not this stop and search were legal. These are serious charges pending against you and if found guilty, will make it difficult for you to find a job after graduating from college. You need to either consult a private attorney for hire or apply for a public defender right away. You should not attend your court hearing alone.
I agree that from your facts it appears you have a strong defense, provided you have remained silent. Get a good criminal attorney.
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You are "going to school for criminal justice," a career which will be limited, if not wholly foreclosed, by a conviction for drug possession. Obviously, you need competent representation to defend you against the charge, particularly on the events as you allege them to have occurred.
Contact your state and local bar associations for referrals. If you qualify as indigent, counsel will be appointed for you at the arraignment.
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Yes, you need a lawyer. Based on your facts you have the defense of not knowing the drugs were there. You need a lawyer to argue this for you, because the court will not just take your word. Your friend could be a witness on your behalf, but that is complicated because of the potential damage to him.
As a student, you cannot afford a drug conviction because it will affect your financial aid as well as future job prospects.
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I agree with my learned collegues that a conviction on this charge could impact your future in criminal justice. It does sound like there may be defenses available on these charges. You need to retain a lawyer.
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You need an experienced criminal defense attorney ASAP. There are numerous issues and defense slisted in your post. Your friend can be a friend also and get you off the hook. Why did the cops go into the car? More infromation is needed. Call with more information.
You need to hire an attorney now and the date in all liklihood will be adjourned or you need to appear in court that day, plead not guilty, apply tfor the public defender or leave court and hire an attorney.
There are search issues, ownership issues, etc. which need to be looked into.
I would first try to attack the stop on your behalf by filing a motion to suppress evidence. Hopefully, the charges would be dismissed. Your second best option would be to enter into a diversionary program. Upon completion, the charges would be dismissed. Six months after dismissal, you could have the record of the arrest expunged. Some agencies (law enforcement and the judiciary) would still have access to the record.
It should be understood that even though I am answering your question, no attorney-client relationship exists between us. It should be further understood that while I am doing my best to answer your question based upon the information you provided, I do not have the complete facts and my answer might well be different, if I had more complete information. For these reasons, it is always best to consult either in person or by telephone with a lawyer and discuss your issues in detail.