I was caught in my dorm with my roommate smoking marijuana and we were both given tickets. We were told it was best to plead not guilty and go to court hearing instead. Its coming up soon and I dont really know what to say or do. I did transfer from that college so im not there anymore. I’m just worried about it being on my record and i dont know what to say that can prevent that from happening
In general, you're not required to say anything about your marijuana use in terms of how often you do or don't use it. The court is just concerned with this incident, and determining whether you're guilty or not (i.e. did you violate a law). You also have constitutional rights, one of which is the right not to incriminate yourself, so you're not required to disclose your marijuana use habits (or lack thereof). There are options to explore in terms of trying to resolve this issue in a way that keeps it off your record. However, not enough information is provided to conclusively advise you one way or another. This is an issue best discussed confidentially between you and an attorney. Enlisting the services of a criminal defense attorney will help you navigate the process, including appearing in court on your behalf, speaking with the prosecutor, and putting your mind at ease with regard to the many unknowns you currently have (i.e. you'll know what to say and do). Many criminal defense attorneys offer free consultations, so you can get a feel for your options.
This information does not constitute legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
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