The amount possessed was less than one gram, and I also had a pipe on me. Both of which I gave willingly to the officer. I am 18 years old and this is my first legal offence. If I plea guilty, what fines can I expect, and if a substance abuse program is ordered, should I expect a mandatory drug test? Also, will this hinder my ability to appy for financial aid for college?
The only way to know for sure what will happen is for you to hire a good criminal defense attorney. This will be money well spent and your attorney will be best able to protect your rights. There is no way to know for sure what outcome you can expect by answering your questions on a message board. We do not know all the facts. Please consult with an attorney ASAP.
Unfortunatly, the paraphernalia charge carries a mandatory minimum $750 fine, even if you get court supervision. For the cannabis charge, Cook County has a drug school diversion program that can result in the charge being dismissed. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to work a deferred prosecution for both charges, especially if he/she can assert a viable motion regarding the stop, and exploit that in negotiating a favorable resolution. Honestly, they will never offer you that as to both charges without a lawyer. A conviction on either charge can not only affect financial issues, but school and employment applications as well. Most of us provide free consultations to discuss your case and fee arrangements. www.galivanlaw.net
If you go without an attorney, you can expect a sentence which will remain on your record until you get it expunged. No one is going to send you to jail, but a conviction will mess you up, and even supervision is not great on a persons record.
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Sorry to hear about your situation. The marijuana laws in Illinois, in my opinion, are archaic.
A drug conviction MAY affect your ability to get Federal Student Aid monies. On the FAFSA application, question #23 addresses this issue:
"Have you been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (grants, loans, and / or work-study)?"
Note: This is only for FEDERAL student Aid and State as well as School Aid/Grants may be affected.
If you are ordered to attend a diversion/substance abuse program you will most likely be drug tested.
I hope this helps.
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