Hello, My name is ***** ***** I am an experienced criminal
lawyer. In Florida, any amount of marijuana under 20 g is a misdemeanor with a maximum possible penalty of a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. But if this was a first arrest and you wanted to resolve this case without going to trial
, you would likely be eligible for a diversion type of disposition that would allow you to come out of this case without a criminal record
by essentially working off your plea: paying some fines, doing some community service and staying out of difficulty with the law while being supervised by probation. At the end of the supervisory period, if you have completed all your requirements, the case gets dismissed and you can then honestly say you have no convictions on your record. Of course, you don't have to take any kind of plea offer. You have the right to fight the case, all the way to trial if necessary, and the facts of your case are favorable to the defense. No criminal trial is ever a slam dunk for either side, but the fact that others had been in your car could provide reasonable doubt in the minds of a jury as to who made the car smell like marijuana (if it did) and who put the stem in the ashtray. If there's reasonable doubt, a jury cannot convict. One way or the other, to get the most favorable deal or the best chance of success at trial, you should have a lawyer with you when you appear in court
. If you cannot afford a lawyer, plead not guilty at your arraignment and ask the judge to appoint you a public defender.