What should we do next if charge with two misdemeanors? 11 Answers as of March 19, 2013

My friend and I were at are friends apartment smoking marijuana in his car that was parked in a private parking lot. The police pulled up and said that got a call that someone was smoking here and searched the car and found pipes and under 2.5 g of marijuana. All the pipes were in a bag and not in plain sight. It happened at 12:30 am at a private residence. We are not visible from anywhere and no one would call the police. We were charge with a misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia and another misdemeanor for possession of tetrahydrocannabinol. We were about to get out of the car and lock it when the police officer made us get back in. He started to search the car so I complied and showed him where the drug was. We were told to cooperate with the detectives or the car will be impounded. We wrote a statement stating we will cooperate. What should we do next?

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Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Get an attorney. Maybe the search was illegal. I would have to see all the police reports and facts before making an opinion.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 3/19/2013
Joel R. Salinger Attorney at Law
Joel R. Salinger Attorney at Law | Joel R. Salinger
GET AN ATTORNEY and don't talk to anyone with out checking with them.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 3/17/2013
The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones
The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones | B. Elaine Jones
You should hire an attorney to represent you. A drug possession conviction can be very detrimental to your future.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 3/17/2013
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
Hire an attorney if accused of a crime. Period.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/15/2013
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Retain an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 3/15/2013
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    You should hire an attorney and disclose all the facts and circumstances.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/15/2013
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    Contact an attorney in your area and discuss your options.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/15/2013
    Randy M. Lish, Attorney at Law | Randy M. Lish
    At your first court appearance, request a public defender, if you cannot afford your own attorney. If you do not qualify for a public defender, hire your own; they can help you get through the whole process from the beginning, and possibly work out a good deal or get you through trial.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 3/15/2013
    William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
    An attorney can assist you with evaluating the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to plea bargain or go to trial. If you were to be found guilty, then an attorney can assist you with presenting mitigation, allocution, and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. Consider seeking a confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Beware that online posts are not confidential. If somehow the prosecution were to find your post, then it might be used in evidence against you.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 3/15/2013
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    You need to retain a criminal attorney with experience in drug crimes next. He can carefully evaluate the police report to see if there are any grounds to challenge the initial contact, search, or seizure of the evidence. You may be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/15/2013
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    Hire experienced legal counsel. Often - diversion programs are available which may allow you to avoid having a criminal record.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/15/2013
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