Pulled over for bad brake light, they saw weed crumbs in cupholder and said it was reasonable cause to search and I had less than 50 grams on me in the car. Got arrested, first offense, need conditional discharge.
Get a lawyer ASAP. You could have legal defenses that you may not even know. Also, without a lawyer, there could be ramifications like having your drivers license suspended. A CD is possible, but not guaranteed.
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You really should explore all of your defenses first, but if you are inclined to apply for a conditional discharge you can simply ask the prosecutor when you go to court. Probably not the best thing to do but you can do it yourself.
You are trying to defend yourself? Probably not the best idea. Maybe you should speak with an attorney for a free consultation. Most attorneys offer free consultations. Best of luck
You can ask the prosecutor if he will give you a conditional discharge.If he won't, you need a lawyer.
If you cannot afford an attorney, you need to request the public defender, if the Judge does not grant your request, then you need to hire an attorney. You can always represent yourself and ask the Prosecutor for a Conditional Discharge, but as the other attorney's pointed out, an attorney may find other defenses you are not aware of.
I agree with Mr. Brennan. An attorney can check to see this there are defenses. You can get a CD without an attorney but an attorney will make sure that 4-49.1 is dismissed and check everything.
Can't afford an attorney is not an excuse. You can apply for a public defender or hire your own. This is your future at stake and your job choices and your life may never be the same. Without a lawyer you have no choices with a lawyer you MAY have choices, but no matter what you at least tried to protect your future. The choices you make today will effect your future think about borrowing the money if you need to as it is probably the most important decision you will/have made in your life to date don't just throw it away.
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If you cannot afford an attorney and qualify under state guidelines you may be eligible for the public defender. While a conditional discharge might be a great result, there may be grounds to have the case thrown out. Don't assume you cannot afford a private attorney, however, without speaking to some. Most of us offer free consultations and can be contacted through Avvo.
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I agree with Mr. Brennan; remember you only get one C/D in a lifetime.
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