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Ely, Counselor at Law
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My daughter was just served a summons to appear in court for

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My daughter was just served a summons to appear in court for possession of 1.3 grams of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia in the state of Florida. How much could we expect to pay for lawyer fees and what could a realistic charge and fine be for this first offense. She is 19 years old.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.
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I am sorry to hear about this situation.
1) An attorney is likely to charge about $1,500 for base representation, and about $5,000 should she want this to go to trial.
2) This is a misdemeanor. Given that this is her first criminal offense, she is very likely to be offered a deferment program or some other type of offer that will not result in a conviction and/or time in jail in exchange for a few classes, community hour, and a fine (technically, this misdemeanor can have up to a year in jail punishment).
3) However, said deferment is not a RIGHT, and the prosecutor may take advantage of a Defendant's naivete. The prosecutor is not even likely to discuss such plea deals without counsel, so it is important to have an attorney in Court.
Good luck.
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