What should I expect with a possession and a use of drug paraphernalia charge?
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So sorry about your situation. As soon as you get the citation in the mail (should likely take a couple of weeks) with the specific charges, I would suggest that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. From what you have stated, it appears that there was no paraphernalia or drugs found on you, so you may have some good defenses. In addition, if it is your first offense, you should speak with your attorney about ARD or other diversionary programs which will allow you to resolve the case without a conviction and an opportunity to expunge your record. You should not resolve it with just paying fines as you do not want a criminal conviction on your record. I wish you the very best of luck.
Yes, you will receive your paperwork from the court in the mail in the next couple of weeks. This will include your notice for your preliminary hearing date which is your first court date in this matter. That hearing is usually one month after the charges were filed. It is very important that you talk with an attorney prior to this hearing.
An attorney could help to make sure that you do not receive a conviction for this incident. There are certain programs available for charges like this that would result in you not having a conviction, and the incident being erased from your criminal record.
Most attorneys, such as myself, offer free consultations. I wish you the best of luck with this matter.