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The statutory fine does not include court costs and surcharges. You can get an actual accounting of what all the money is for in court, as these fees can vary from county to county.
If the amount of marijuana your son was alleged to possess was in an amount of 28.5 grams or less, then as you indicated, this charge would be an infraction with a civil fine only, in the amount of $100.
Yes, it's true that a conviction on a marijuana offense will cost him his license for a year. He may be able to negotiate community service in lieu of a fine. But if you can involve a lawyer, he may be able to negotiate something which would keep this criminal conviction off of your son's criminal record
, and that, in the case of a 17 year old with his future still before him, would be a far more valuable disposition than saving $100 on the fine as a conviction, even for a low level criminal offense, can have lifetime repercussions.