My 18 yr old son is on probation in Henry County for a charge as a minor, served at detention center. Got arrested in Dothan Alabama first charge for marijuana possession class 2. Bonded self out. What are possible penalties/fines/court costs?
It depends greatly on the court (municipal or district) and the judge and the prosecutor. In worst case scenario, POM II ( a Class A misdemeanor) carries a sentence of up to $6000 (district court) or $5000 (municipal court) and one year in jail (district court) or six months in jail (municipal court), plus court costs, probation, drug testing, and supervision. Whether or not the case is authorized 'Pre-Trial Diversion' or some alternative adjudication is in the discretion of the prosecutor. Whether or not the defendant is granted 'Youthful Offender' status is in the discretion of the trial judge.
Whether or not there are legal or factual defenses available are best reviewed by a qualified criminal defense attorney. Your best course of action is to seek the professional services of a qualified criminal defense attorney. Check the Avvo listing under 'Criminal Defense' to find a lawyer in your area.
If 18, very likely to receive YO youthful offender to seal his record. It is important hat he complete and required CRO court referral program. You may call me to represent you 205-438-6666
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