I am sorry for your son's situation. First of all, please understand that it a rebuttable presumption that the marijuana is his
. Saying that it is "his friend's" (even if it is) is generally not believed very much, unless the other friend is willing to admit to it and be charged - unlikely.
He can always plead "not guilty" - this is not a "chance" but his choice, and individuals in his situation should
plead not guilty, and have the matter reset and retain an attorney.
Then he will have a choice to take either the plea deal that the prosecutor offers, or take a chance at trial
. If he has little or not record, the offer may be a good one and worthy of accepting, but it is his choice in the end.
Under New Jersey Expungement
Statutes 2C:52-5, youthful offenders may
be able to expunge their records. However, it is best to avoid a conviction all-together. No decision should be made before discussion with an attorney.
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