I was charged with possession of drugs (misdemeanor 4th) and paraphernalia (misdemeanor 4th) but the prosecutor offered me a deal to plea to an attempted possession conviction that would only carry a fine and court costs. I was also told that it would be an expungeable minor misdemeanor. My friend was charged with possession as well (same instance) and plead no contest to being charged with having a marijuana cigarette on her person. The drugs were hers, but that defense will not hold up. Should I have her testify that it was hers? Could my friend get in more trouble after her plea? Or should I take the plea deal offered to me?
If you have an attorney you should really talk to him/her and get advice that way. As far as the scenario you present, if your friend takes a plea deal that says she possessed the marijuana and then testifies at your trial that she possessed the marijuana I do not see how she could get in trouble. If she lies on the stand, or testifies to more than what was included in her deal, then she may have problems.
Attempted Possession and Attempted Paraphernalia does not affect student loans and grants. It may however affect your ability to travel outside of the United States. It is impossible to tell whether or not you should take the deal or not because we would need to know all of the facts. I suggest strongly that you retain an experienced attorney who can better analyze your situation and advise you appropriately.
Attorney Chris Beck
Beck Law Office, L.L.C.
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Beavercreek, Ohio 45432
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I suggest you hire an attorney before taking any plea deal. Without knowing more of the details on your case, its really hard to make a recommendation for you one way or another. The attempted possession charge will not interfere with financial aid but if could have other negative consequences in the future. Once you hire an attorney he/she will be able to look at the facts of your case more closely and better advise you. Best of luck in this matter.
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Beavercreek, OH 45432
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