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Q) What should he do and what charges is he going to be facing
POM II likely stands for "possession of marijuana in the second degree
." This is a class "A" misdemeanor
in Alabama, which means a maximum punishment of 12 months in jail and/or a fine, or a combination of the two.
Since the crime if convicted carries possible jail time, your son is entitled to an attorney if he cannot afford one and he qualifies financially. Of course he can hire an attorney of his choosing as well. It's always a good idea to have an attorney, I think, because that person knows the rules of evidence and other possbile legal defenses that could be used before or during trial
If this is your son's first court appearance, his hearing is likely an arraignment
. An arraignment is the formal process of a judge informing the accused (your son) of the charge(s) against him. The judge will also ask about whether your son will hire an attorney or wants one to be appointed.
The judge might ask him to enter a plea. Your son should answer "not guilty" so that he preserves all his rights to have an attorney and a trial, if he wants one down the road. Even if your son ulrtimately worked out a plea agreement
or entered a diversion program, he still should plead "not guilty" now.
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