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I had a friend get a misdemeanor citation two days ago for

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I had a friend get a misdemeanor citation two days ago for having paraphernalia in her glove compartment.....she lives in TN....she is 48 years old and has no criminal record.......What does she need to do?
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Customer: no
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Customer: she said the cops told her she does not need a lawyer
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Hammer O'Justice replied 6 months ago.
Hello.I'm sorry to hear about your friend's situation. Possession of paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of $2500. It is very unlikely that she would get a jail sentence for a first offense like this. However, I would disagree that she doesn't need a lawyer. Because the charge carries the possibility of jail time, it is a good idea for her to get a lawyer. Many will handle this for a flat fee, and if she can't afford a lawyer she may qualify for the public defender. It is likely that a lawyer could get her into some kind of diversion or deferred prosecution program, where if she completes the program requirements the charge ends up getting dismissed, which will keep her record clean. Having a criminal conviction on her record could cause problems for her in the future so if she can get some kind of outcome that prevents the conviction, then that would be best for her. She can try to negotiate for such an outcome on her own, without a lawyer, but it is often easier for a lawyer to do it, and may be more successful.