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His lawyer may be better able to assist him if he's aware of the other pending charges - it could have an impact, for example, when negotiating a plea bargain or making other tactical decisions.
If he's on probation, the judge could decide to revoke his probation and require him to complete the time remaining on the original charge. They can actually revoke his probation whether he's convicted on the new charges or not, because the standard of proof is lower at probation hearings than a criminal trial
. He might also have to do time on the new charges. Possession of marijuana, for a second offense, is an aggravated misdemeanor
, punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine of $315-$1,875. Possession of paraphernalia is a simple misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $65-$625 and up to 30 days imprisonment.
It is possible that, if he is willing to plead guilty to the possession, they'll drop the paraphernalia charge. Otherwise, he may be able to negotiate a fine on that charge instead of imprisonment. However, he'll probably have to do at least a few days on either the possession charge or the probation violation.