how old is your son?
is he employed or in school?
has he a criminal history of any type?
it really does not matter if the same judge or not. Lord knows judge's really don't have that good memories - and they will have all the information regardless.
well, it is possible with the skills of a good local attorney to have him plead guilty to the lesser of the charges, have the other ones dismissed or placed on an inactive docket and then get a probationary period wherein he would be required to attend substance abuse awareness classes, pay a fine, community service.
the possession of marijuana would be the lesser of the charges. yes, cigars can be deemed paraphernalia but that is very far fetched, unless they were already stuffed with the pot.
public defender's are attorneys. many are dedicated to public service and will work very hard. but you must remember the PD's are way over worked and may not give these charges the time that a private attorney would
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