I am a 22 year old white male. I work 40 hours a week in IT and am in good standing at my job.
Yesterday I was pulled over by an officer in my county of residence in Indiana. I was nervous because I had some marijuana in the car. The officer noticed my nervousness immediately and asked if he could search the car. I said I did not consent to any searches. He said he would bring the dogs. He said if I had nothing to hide, then I should just let him search the car. Finally he said if I had a small amount of marijuana or something he would forget about the ticket and we could work it out.
Perhaps I messed up here, but I finally broke. I opened my center console and pulled out my little glass jar with half a gram of marijuana. He took the jar and conducted a search on the rest of my car for anything else I might be hiding, which was nothing.
I was given a Class A misdemeanor
of marijuana less than 30 grams, for which I plead guilty. This is my first offense. I have no criminal record prior to this. I am currently awaiting a court date. The papers should arrive in the mail.
I understand that the maximum penalty for this crime in Indiana is 1 year in jail and a $5000 fine. But what are my chances of receiving a conditional discharge
for first offense?
And even if I receive the conditional discharge, what other penalties might I face? Am I likely to get my driver's license suspended, vehicle registation removed, probation
, or fines?
I should also say that I may have to use a Public Defender
. I haven't found a criminal defense lawyer I can afford to pay up-front.