The charge for ambien should get dismissed by showing the prescription. The hydrocodone range of punishment depends on what kind of hydrocodone and how many mg's total. You may have a defense to illegal search and seizure on the hydrocodone depending on the facts. Some drug cases are mandatory probation if no prior felony convictions. See CCP art. 42.12 section 15(a). So it all depends. Hire a lawyer to help you with this.
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The penalty range depends on what of offense the case is filed as. If he has an ambien prescription in his name, the case will be dismissed. Sometimes if an attorney gets the scrip to the police or the intake DA, they won't even file the case.
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The 2 hydrocodone will most likely be a misdemeanor possession of controlled substance with a range of punishment from 0 - 1 year in jail and up to a $4000.00 fine. If convicted he could be eligible for straight or deferred probation. But you definitely should consult an attorney to make sure the stop, search, and arrest are all legal.
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