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Violations of the Code of Federal Regulations incurred on federal property are Class B misdemeanors. The U.S. Attorney would have discretion to instead charge a violation of the general drug possession statutes, which would be a Class A misdemeanor. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail. That means that, if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.
The U.S. Attorney will sometimes allow a diversion program for drug charges for a first-time offender. That would allow the charges to be dismissed after you served probation. However, I'll be honest - your chances of getting that would be much higher if you had only been found with marijuana, or if there were only one violation. It's less likely with three tickets, but you can certainly talk to your attorney about it. One way to reduce penalties is to negotiate a plea bargaining with the U.S. Attorney. They usually ask for higher penalties following trial
, plus the judge can impose any sentence
supported by the guidelines. Entering an agreement ensures that you know what you're facing.
The violations will show on your record as soon as you go to court for the arraignment, because that is when you'll get fingerprinted. All violations must be reported to the board, or you will be denied a license. If they find out later that there were criminal
offenses that they asked about and were not disclosed, that could be a basis for disciplinary action which could include revoking your license. So, failing to disclose the incident is actually more harmful than telling them in many cases.
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