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now do diversion programs for a drug-related first offense, especially if you're talking about a small amount for personal use. What that means is that he has to pay a fine, and take a drug class, and maybe do some community service. He's on probation, and he has to successfully pass a series of drug tests. If he can do that, at the end of the time period (which is usually a year, but it can be longer), the judge will dismiss the charges. The multiple counts shouldn't be a bar, as long as he's not charged with selling drugs (which is very different), or a crime of violence.
When he goes to the initial appearance, the judge will explain the charges to him. Then, if he cannot afford a lawyer, the judge will appoint one for him at no cost. The judge won't require you to produce a lawyer for your son - he's an adult now. The public defender can review all of the evidence and work out the best possible deal for your son. Drug diversion programs are very common these days, though, so your son should be able to get into the program if he asks and doesn't have prior convictions.