If I was cited for possession of marijuana, what will the consequences be?

I am planning to plea no contest. Will I be stripped of my financial aid? Is there anything I can do/tell the judge to lower the consequences?

Asked on February 27, 2013 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You really should retain an attorney to help you with this. An experienced criminallalwyer may be able to get the case dismissed or at least arrange for you to be given "diversion". This is an alternative sentencing tool that may leave you without a criminal record. The fact is that a conviction could jepoardize student loans, future rental housing, employment, etc. Again, speak with an attorney. By the way, a plea of "no contest" is the same a pleading guilty; it only help in  is of in any later civil proceedings (which are probalbly not an issue in your case).


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