11 months ago she received a minor consumption charge,and a visiting a house of common nusiance. She was placed in my sisters home per our request,and if no trouble in that year,charges would be dropped. Now she jist received another minor consumiption. What is she facing? Do i need an attorney
Minor possession is a C Misdemeanor offense in Indiana. Misdemeanor offenses can be punished by up to 1 year in prison and a $5,000 fine. This is a very serious matter. Based upon your statement about one year with no trouble and the charges would be dropped, it is likely that your daughter was given a diversion agreement, which generally requires the defendant to admit guilt, and agree to complete certain terms, in exchange for the state witholding prosecution of the offense. If the defendant violates those terms, having already admitted guilt, they may be immediately sentenced for the crime, up to and including the maximum sentence allowable by law. In addition, if the violation of those terms is the commission of a new crime, the defendant would be subject to prosecution for the new offense.
You need to contact a local criminal defense attorney immediately. If your daughter is represented by local counsel, with a good relationship with the prosecutor's office, she is less likely to receive the most harsh penalty available. However, at this point, there are no guarantees.
In addition to the possible penal/financial consequences,if your daughter was arrested/apprehended while operating a vehicle, your daughter will most likely have her driving privileges suspended.
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