I was visiting my friend's dorm and we decided to roll a small blunt before bed. As we were walking out of the dorm, we were stopped by an RA who had blocked the exit and said we had to wait for the police to arrive. When the RA saw the blunt in my friends hand, my friend passed me the blunt and decided to run past her out of the dorm, leaving me with a blunt in my hand with a RA (whom I do not know) in my face. I had thought about running, but I wanted to comply 100% because I felt like I shouldn't be in trouble for this. The RA brought other RAs down to talk to me about my friend and what would happen from a University Code of Conduct perspective. Then the police arrived and had asked my story. I told them how the blunt was thrown at me by my friend who left me to dry, and that is how I ended up in front of them with a blunt. After talking to a few other residents in the room who saw it go down, the cops told me that I could leave and that my story was confirmed. Again it wasnt my dorm so I was outside waiting for my friend to come back when the cops came outside 30 mins later and gave me a citation for possession bc one resident saw "both" of us with the blunt. Can I beat this?
Due to the potential impact on financial aid for college, you may want to try to fight it. An experienced attorney could help you with that.
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Well, you certainly don’t want to plead the the marijuana charge. It will cause the government to suspend your eligibility for FAFSA for a year, and could result in the suspension of your driver’s license as well. You also aren’t going to beat it outright on those facts. What you want is a plea to a minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct. And be prepared to curb your attitude a bit. Your story says: me and my friend decided to break the law and got caught but I don’t think I should be in trouble. That’s not something you want to say to a prosecutor or a judge. You should hire an attorney.
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My colleagues are correct. Hire a good defense lawyer and have that lawyer handle the matter.
I agree with the previous answers. You definitely do not want even a minor misdemeanor marijuana possession charge on your record. I would recommend retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney. He/she may be able to negotiate your participation in a diversion program, if offered by that particular court, or perhaps a plea to an amended charge of Disorderly Conduct.
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