I have a J-1 Visa and doing an Internship, at a traffic control (in Indiana) the police found about 1 gram marijuana, I was completely sober - so the Police gave me a kind of ticket with a Phone number which I have to call next Week to pay a penalty. They told me that this is like a speed ticket and I don't have to appear in court. Will I now get problems with my visa?
It is not likely this traffic ticket will be a problem but to be sure hire a skilled immigration attorney and a skilled defense attorney (use the money on them and not on marijuana from now on)
Before you make that phone call, you should consult in person with an Indiana attorney. The immigration attorneys here will likely be able to give you more information on the effect, if any, of this municipal or criminal matter.
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Do NOT pay the ticket without first consulting with an attorney competent in Indiana criminal law AND immigration laws. A drug conviction of any sort could lead to deportation and difficulty in ever obtaining a visa in the future. Immigration has their own rules for what they view as a "conviction," so be especially careful.
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