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Do I need an attorney for a first time marijuana possession charge?

During traffic stop I had a few grams on me, definitely less than an oz. Should I just use a public defender since it was less than an oz?

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    John J. Carney | The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    401 East 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    (917) 696-2363
    You can get an ACD even with a public defender for a first offense. You should be careful not to have pot in a car or in your pocket since another arrest may result in a criminal conviction.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 2/16/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    Either the public defender or a retained lawyer should be able to work out something where you end up with no conviction for the drugs.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 2/16/2013
    Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    74-075 El Paseo, Suite A-14
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    (760) 779-9666
    Depends upon whether you have a defense. It's a minor charge with only a fine if convicted, but it will be on your record. If it was a traffic stop, there may be an illegal search issue, it would be wise to contact an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 2/10/2013
    Joe Dane | Law Office of Joe Dane
    850 E. Chapman Ave., Ste. C
    Orange, CA 92866
    (714) 532-3600
    If this is from California, then possession of less than an ounce is an infraction, so you wouldn't be entitled to a public defender. You can hire your own attorney, but you can't get one appointed. If this is charged as a misdemeanor because it was in a car, then yes, you can request a public defender if you financially qualify.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 2/8/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    If the court will appoint a public defender, because you are too poor to hire a private attorney, go for it.but In any case, being represented by an attorney is recommended, ad jail time is always a possibility, along with a permanent criminal record which will affect you for the rest of your life.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 2/8/2013
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