Was this a NYC park? If so, it's a violation of section 1-04 of the NYC Park regulations which says this: Loitering for Illegal PurposesIt shall be a violation of these rules to engage in loitering for illegal purposes in a park. Any person in any park shall be guilty of loitering for illegal purposes who:loiters or remains in a park for the purpose of engaging, or soliciting another person to engage, in sexual activity for money; orloiters or remains in any park with one or more persons for the purpose of unlawfully using, possessing, purchasing, distributing, selling or soliciting marijuana, alcohol or any controlled substance, as defined in §220.00 of the New York State Penal Law.____This offense is a violation and not a crime. That means you could show up in court
, plead guilty to it, pay a fine and be done with it and you could still say that you have never been convicted of a crime. You could ask for this to be sealed upon payment of the fine, so it would not show up as a conviction on your record. You could also try to get this matter adjourned in contemplation of dismissal. An ACD is a conditional dismissal whereby you don't have to plead guilty to anything, but the case will stay open for a year, during which time you cannot get any new arrests. If you stay out of trouble, the case will be dismissed at the end of the year and seal by operation of law. So what you'd do -- and although you can probably do this without a lawyer, it's always best to have one when you are charged with a criminal offense -- is to show up in court, plead Not Guilty when you are arraigned on the charge and then ask the judge if you can have an ACD. If the DA and the judge agree, that's great. The case is over and you won't have to come back to court again. It will seal in a year without you needing to return. If they don't agree, you can ask the ADA what the offer is and decide whether you want it. It's likely going to be a fine or community service with a plea to the violation. Alternatively you could fight the case and go to trial
on it, but this doesn't sound like a very good trial case as drugs were recovered.