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I GOT A CITATION FOR POSSESSION OF 2.5 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA ON

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I GOT A CITATION FOR POSSESSION OF 2.5 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA ON A RIVER THAT IS FEDERAL PROPERTY. THIS IS MY FIRST OFFENSE, MY RECORD IS TOTALLY CLEAN ! TALKED TO A LAWYER YESTERDAY, SHE ACTS LIKE ITS SUCH A BIG DEAL, WANTS A $5000 RETAINER TO REPRESENT ME. IS THIS RIGHT ? WHAT IF I JUST GO TO COURT BY MYSELF, THIS CANT BE THAT BIG OF A DEAL. JUST WILL GET A FINE AND PROBATION ANYWAY RIGHT ?

JB Umphrey :

Thank you for using JustAnswer!

You're going to federal court, right?

Customer:

YES

JB Umphrey :

It is a big deal in federal court.

JB Umphrey :

Having a drug conviction on one's record is a big deal.

JB Umphrey :

You can't get a federal conviction expunged.

JB Umphrey :

If you cannot afford to hire an attorney to represent you in court, when you go to court, ask for court-appointed counsel.

JB Umphrey :

If you were in state court, yes, you may just get a slap on the wrist, go on your way, and maybe not even have a public criminal record.

JB Umphrey :

Things don't work that way in the federal court system.

Customer:

BUT ISNT $5000 WAY TOO MUCH FOR GODS SAKE. I HAVE A CLEAN RECORD AND EMPLOYED AT THE SAME JOB 16 YEARS, HOW HARD COULD IT BE ?

JB Umphrey :

You are free to consult with other attorneys and get price quotes from them.

JB Umphrey :

There are a lot of things that go into selecting attorney:

JB Umphrey :

Experience.

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Reputation.

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Recommendation from former clients.

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Cost.

JB Umphrey :

There are attorneys that charge $10K and they're horrible.

JB Umphrey :

There are attorneys that charge $2,500 and they're awesome.

JB Umphrey :

My point is that, price alone, should not be the deciding factor.

JB Umphrey :

However, you really should not go to federal court alone on a criminal charge. It is a big deal. And, even if you cannot afford to hire an attorney, ask the court for court-appointed counsel.

JB Umphrey :

It is that important.

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Customer:

OK THANKS ALOT


 


 

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