I am an 18 year old girl, and my friend (an 18 year old boy) and I were parked at the local park and had some marijuana and a water bottle bong with us. A cop saw the car parked and came over, we hadn't smoked but the weed was in plain sight and he obviously saw it. We both got the same charge of possession and its both of our first offenses. We both would really like to avoid a MIP.
There may be substantive defenses available to you in your case and you should seek the advice of a Vancouver area attorney as soon as you can.
In a first offense possession case like yours, the possibility of a resolution that includes no jail time is good. However, if an attorney reviews the facts of your case, he or she will be able to advise on the feasibility of fighting the charge and avoiding punishment. Every case is fact sensitive, and only someone who has reviewed all the facts of your case can. say how good or bad your prognosis is.
I would suggest that you consult an attorney in your area for a consultation regarding this matter. It sounds as though you are willing to take responsibility for your role in the situation and courts tend to be more lenient when you do so. Therefore, talk to an experienced attorney who can help you navigate around the court system to get a favorable outcome. Good luck!
If this is your first offense you likely qualify for diversion, or a stay of prosecution, which if successfully completely will avoid a criminal conviction. Contact a local criminal defense attorney and schedule a free consultation. The relatively small cost of avoiding a conviction may very well save you thousands of dollars in the future, from begin turned down from employment, housing, and potentially not being eligible for federal aid to attend college. You took the first step by seeking legal advice on Avvo now you only need to follow through. Good luck!
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