I was driving home to a friends house at around 2:30 am and went by a police car with my brights on. The cop turned around and then pulled me over as I was turning to park in front of my destination. I'm under 18 and have a provisional license, and had a passenger in the car. The officer had me step out of the vehicle and told me i looked intoxicated and i told him that i was sober and the only drug I had taken was benadryl earlier that day. They then searched the car after seeing a plastic bag with weed in in that I didn't know was there and i was written an mip for marijuana and a ticket for having a passenger while driving. Both charges are infractions and the officer I believe said would both be fines because of this, but I'm not sure if that's true. The passenger, who's car it was, got separate charges of his own.
In all likelihood, you will not have to enter a rehab program unless, of course, you are dangerously dependent on and/or addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. The consequences are, most likely, losing your license, higher auto insurance cost once you do resume driving, fines, perhaps teen court and, I suggest, an apology to your parents who were and are, no doubt, bank rolling all of this foolishness. I would completely understand if they rendered you a pedestrian for a long time and made you work it off.
These are infractions, but aside from fines, they can tremendously impact your future.
First - if convicted, you could face suspension of your license by the DMV. Next - the fines can really add up.
Because of these harsh collateral consequences, this one may be worth hiring s good local traffic ticket attorney to handle this for you. It can be potentially be a diversion program that would avoid a conviction, the possibility that there are defenses, etc.
The above answer is for general information only and is based on the information you posted. Every case is fact dependent, so to get a thorough analysis of your situation, you will need to consult face to face with an attorney licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the incident took place. Do not conclusively rely on any information posted online when deciding what to do about your case.
How much marijuana was in the bag? If the District Attorney's office for juvenile offenses charges you with infractions, only a fine is involved. If a misdemeanor is charged, you may be offered a plea bargain that involves a drug treatment program. Just because the officer told you the charges are infractions does not mean the prosecutor will agree with the police officer. Good luck to you.
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