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Do I need an attorney for an intent to sell charge?

I have a medical marijuana card. I got pulled over and the police officer said that he smelled pot in my car. He searched it, found the pot and also found some bags. The bags had nothing to do with the pot and were bags that I use to bring sandwiches with me to work. I had picked them up from the store. Now they are charging me with intent to sell. Do I need a lawyer for this?

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    Sarkis Jacob Babachanian | Babachanian | Law
    3460 Ocean View Boulevard
    Glendale, CA 91208-3311
    (818) 500-0678
    The facts are interesting. In the meanwhile, don't talk to ANYONE about this anymore - other than your lawyer, of course; accused people often find that their innocent words are turned against them.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/18/2013
    Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    343 East Main Street, Suite 314
    Stockton, CA 95202
    (209) 463-9715
    If you are being accused of a crime, you need an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/14/2013
    William S. Kroger | Kroger Law Group
    8888 Olympic Boulevard, #204
    Beverly Hills, CA 90211
    (323) 655-5700
    Chances are that they will charge you with possession with intent to sell. This is a felony charge. It is always better to have an attorney. You could possibly go to jail.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/14/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    Intent to sell carries a possible jail sentence. Anytime there is a possible jail sentence, you need an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/13/2013
    Terry Nelson | Nelson & Lawless
    2134 Main St., #130
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 960-7584
    You're facing felony charges that could put you in prison. You are always entitled to represent yourself in court. Whether you should is a different issue. The conventional wisdom is that an attorney will be able to do a better job and get a better outcome. Prosecutors and judges don't like dealing with ProPers, unless you are simply pleading guilty, not defending the case. When questioned, arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or statement be used against you, can you be convicted, and what can you do? No amount of free 'tips and hints' from here or elsewhere are going to effectively help in a legal defense. If you don't know how to represent yourself effectively against an experienced prosecutor intending to convict, then hire an attorney who does, who will try to get a dismissal, charge reduction, diversion, programs, or other decent outcome through motions, plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/13/2013
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