What can we do if my son is being charged with possession of marijuana? 12 Answers as of February 27, 2013

My son is being charged with possession of marijuana, intent to deliver, drug paraphernalia and theft. He only had a small about of marijuana in his room (approx 6 grams) which he told the officer before he got the search warrant, they suspect he is a dealer because he had about $1000 cash and his roommate had a significant amount of marijuana and a scale. My son had the cash because he works (delivers pizzas - gets cash tips) he goes to college, drives home (about an hour) 3 times/week to work and unfortunately was using the marijuana to self medicate so he could sleep. I believe there are some questions about the search and when he and his roommates were detained and the subsequent visit from the police charging in their apt with rifles saying there was a report of a gunshot. These are 3 college kids with no prior encounters with the law - who were on the college baseball team. This happened on 2/1 (when they were taken in because of a noise complaint - which has happened often because the tenant below has been angry since before they moved in. This is the 3rd group of college kids she has made sure were evicted and 2/6 (when they came in with the gun shot story). My son was called at 8:00 p.m. on 2/15 by one of the cops telling him to report to the DJ on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (said he didn't need a lawyer and also have told all 3 of the boys not to tell their parents - would not let my son call me or a lawyer from the second he as cuffed he asked to make a call (6:55 a.m. and they didn't release him until 2:50 p.m. on 2/1). I need help and I am afraid the lawyer I contacted will not be able to accompany us on 2/15.

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William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
An attorney can assist your son with evaluating the states case, any defenses that he might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that he can decide whether to plea bargain or go to trial. If he were to be found guilty, then an attorney can assist you with presenting mitigation, allocution, and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 2/27/2013
Law office of Robert D. Scott | Robert Scott
It sounds like your son's options are to plead guilty or go to trial. If he is a first offender on a misdemeanor charge, he may qualify for a program.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 2/24/2013
Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
First, look at the evidence. Do you really believe that amount of money, scales, and the marijuana does not appear as selling. He is faced with serious charges that can jeopardize his college. I am not sure where the theft charge comes from. He definitely needs an attorney, not give any statements to anyone, not talk about the incident.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 2/24/2013
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
You should retain a good criminal lawyer and try to get the case dismissed or reduced to a violation so the boys do not get a criminal record. They should not have talked to the police, consented to a search, or had scales and cash in the same house or room as it makes it a more serious charge.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 2/20/2013
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Well you need to get him a good lawyer. There are a lot of issues in the fact scenario that you have expressed and a good attorney might be able to do something for him.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 2/20/2013
    Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
    If your son has an attorney, you need to speak to him about this.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/20/2013
    Henry Lebensbaum | Henry Lebensbaum
    Get a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 2/20/2013
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    This question was just posted, and it is after 02/15/13.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 2/20/2013
    Patrick Earl Attorney
    Patrick Earl Attorney | Patrick Owen Earl
    I am an experienced criminal defense attorney of 20+ years. If this is an Eastern WA state case contact me. I have dealt with this type of case many, many times. I can help you!I live in Moses Lake,WA but travel throughout Eastern WA and handle all types of criminal offenses.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 2/20/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Help him hire a good lawyer, so he can get this relatively minor charge dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/20/2013
    Toivonen Law Office | John Toivonen
    First of all, I hope that you son has not made any statements to the police. If he has, tell him to not say anymore. It is perfectly legal to have $1,000 in cash. The claim that they heard a gunshot is an interesting one. If this is not true, the police may not want to take the stand and make this claim. Even if they did hear a gun being fired, why did they believe that your son had anything to do with it. An attorney might enjoy cross examining the police in this case.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Rizio & Nelson
    Rizio & Nelson | John W. Bussman
    There are obviously a lot of moving parts to this and a lot of issues that could make or break the case. No attorney can simply explain over the internet how to beat a complicated drug case DIY. Call a local attorney with experience in defending against drug charges. Don't try to handle this on your own and be extremely careful discussing the details with strangers. You don't know who reads these message boards.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2013
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