If you have been charge with a misdemeanor than the maximum penalty would be a year in jail although that would usually be unlikely. While you should have a lawyer it is quite possible the court will appoint you an attorney if you are unable to afford one. Good luck.
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You need a lawyer. Punishment can vary but jail can be avoided.
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It depends on many factors. You need a good criminal defense lawyer who handles federal court cases... it is different that state court.
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Federal Court is much more serious and expensive that state court, but possession on federal land like a military base is not likely to get you a prison term. You will probably get probation and you will be eligible for a federal public defender if you are indigent.