The plea of 'Youthful Offender' is a petition filed to the trial court. See, Code of Alabama, 1975, section 15-19-1 et. seq. Strictly speaking, the only pleas that are permitted in an Alabama court are the pleas of guilty, not guilty, or not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. Youthful Offender is a "status" and not a plea, although many or most trial courts treat a petition for Y.O. as the equivalent of a plea of guilty with the protections of Youthful Offender statute.
As a general statement, when two offenses are so related to each other, as in the case of possession of marijuana 2nd and possession of paraphernalia, the trial court court will run concurrent sentencing, or in the alternative, the prosecutor may move to drop one of the charges and proceed only upon the more serious charge. In this instance, both offenses are Class A misdemeanors and carry the equivalent sentence. Your best course of action is to speak to a qualified attorney to receive competent legal advice and counsel for the specific facts of your case.
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