peace through music
Thank you all for the advice. I go to court in the morning and I'm proud to say that thanks to you all I feel that I have the strength to plead not guilty. And no, Joe, he would not take the fall for anyone, but his threats and intimidation techniques almost got to me. I'm going to stand up for my rights. The state is Connecticut, weird laws anyway. He is not a relative, or even a close social acquaintance, just someone who caught a ride to shows once in a while. I really have a hard time dealing with injustice and have fought many times for others, I don't understand why I thought it so hard to do for myself. Thanks again!
that can only send you well-beams and good vibes mary-sunshine. Not to mention excellent legal council. Also as cc said, is this passenger REALLY worth possible legal issues for the rest of your life? a felony charge is serious business.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live.
we all send you the most positive thoughts in this very scary time. Also sending strong-defender beams!
sending you positive helping vibes to find a public defender.
Grate advise from CC eoJ
I hope all turns out well for you.
check with law schools in your area, if nothing else. Get the best resources you can.
there are so many variables here...
what state are you in?
why not get a public defender, at least, or find some free-consul through some advocacy group or something.
representing yourself could turn into a he said / she said, if you want to challenge the word of your passenger. as the driver, depending on the state, you may be held 'responsible' no matter what-- if the passenger won't cop to the facts. (that grass was the passenger's-- which I read it to be from your story)
but anyways, why would you willingly take the fall and do the time for some other's crime?
it seems to me the passenger already 'wronged' you by denying possession of what was the passenger's grass. if he admitted the scale adn zip-locks were hers/his, why would you get the possession with intent charge? in court, that issue may be contestable.
if the passenger is a loved one, facing time inside, this whole thing may be a different story, of course.
please ask yourself:
who is the passenger? what is your relationship to him or her? and finally, if the shoe was on the other foot, would that person take a fall for you? are you willing to take a fall?
at the very least, the passenger or the pasesenger's family should cough up serious cash to get you the best possible CRIMINAL laywer, if you decide to take a fall for him or her.
if your record is clean now, please keep in mind any conviction will haunt you forever. EVERY future job application may ask about past arrests and/or convictions... while you may not have to do 'time' or worst case, however soft time it may turn out to be, do you really want a conviction or plea bargain on your record? please don't get jammed up and stuck inside for something you didn't do.
Please, PLEASE get some REAL legal counsul. This situation sounds way too serious to fuck around with it. in the best case, you may be able to plea it down, and avoid the intent to sell charge, but again, that depends on the local DA and the state's laws.
I really hope all will turn out ok.
peace through music
"When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybodys help in any way. But now I'm older and I'm not as self assured '........
I was driving from a show lately and got pulled over for a license plate light being out. One of the passenger didn't have ID so when the cop asked him to get out of the vehicle there was a bud at his feet. This gave probable cause to search.He found a backpack with a scale and baggies on the back seat where this passenger was sitting and asked him if it was his,which he readily admitted.The cop continued to search and found an ounce of pot on the back seat floor. He asked the guy if it was his and he said 'No' ! He said it must be hers or the other guys.We never even knew that there was anything in the car. Now I, as the driver am being charged with a felony possession with intent to sell. I want to fight this but I do not have the money for a lawyer. Do you think I should represent myself in court. I have no prior record and the passenger says that this is why I have to take the charges because he has priors and can't afford to take another charge. This whole matter has caused me unbelievable stress and duress. Any advice?
Wise words cc, wise words.
Hey Johnman, Maybe this will be your week, I'm pullin' for ya. I understand what you mean about the hounds at the door seekin' their pittance.Keep your head up.
sorry to hear abt. that .. something sweet will happen for you ... I have faith in you bro !!