I am 19 years old and was arrested for drug paraphernalia. I do not have a criminal record but I do not know how this will affect my future, if I get a good attorney can this charge be changed to something lesser? And will I have trouble finding a job, renting, etc. I am sort of in a panic because it recently happened and i am nervous for what will happen.
The short answer, is probably yes, but the only way to know for sure is to hire a lawyer. The best thing you can do for yourself right now is consult a few local criminal defense attorneys. Talk to a few, and hire one. Many offer free consultations. You can use the "Find a Lawyer" function on this site to locate lawyers in your area, and there are plenty in Rockford.
First of all, stop talking about your case anywhere in public, or even in private and that includes this or any other online forum. It is not confidential. Second, your best course of action is to hire a good criminal defense attorney who will do everything possible to minimize the damage. Third, hopefully you have learned you lesson and will refrain from breaking the law in the future. Once your case is disposed of, you may qualify to have your record expunged but when and if will depend upon the outcome of your case. Best wishes.
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First of all, it might be an ordinance violation, unless you are going to the regular courthouse, then it is a state violation. If state, then info is accessible to others, public information. If it is an ordinance violation, not so much. If a state charge, yes, all of those things could be impacted. You need a lawyer.
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