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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. The young man can certainly have a legal defense, if he only had a lighter on his person. It is hard to claim that it would be consider drug paraphernalia, when there are many other uses and needs for it and carrying a lighter is no illegal. Had he been caught using the lights to smoke the marijuana, it would be a different story but this is something he may want to consider fighting. If not, the prosecution may offer him a diversion program that he can enter,to get the case dismissed. He can inquire about this when he gets the court
date in the mail and appears. The State may decide that the lighter is not worth proceeding on and not file the charges but if they do, he will have to be notified and appear.
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