If I was charged with disorderly conduct for possession of an unused bong, what is the best way to go about my court case?

This is my first altercation with the police.Can I dispute the charge saying that it was not in fact disorderly conduct because I did not have any substance (no marijuana in the bong) therefore it was not causing any threat? How can I build my case so I will receive the minimum fine and possibly have the case dismissed? Also, because there were no drugs found will I still get drug tested?

Asked on September 14, 2011 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Listen: representing your self in this case is  really not a good idea.  You need to have an attorney.  If you can not afford an attorney then ask the court to appoint one.  You have a keen mind and I think that you are alluding to the basics of legal representation here.  You take the elements of the crime and see if they match up to the facts of the case.  You try and see where they do not - finding loop holes in the case - and start to plug away at them.  You find case law to support your defense.  And then you ask the court to see the matter as you do and render a decision accordingly.  Good luck. 


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