advice on possession of marijuana offense?

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advice on possession of marijuana offense?

I was recently arrested along with two other people by the SD highway patrol for possession of marijuana, paraphernalia, and ingestion of a substance other than alcohol. I am from out of state and unfamiliar with South Dakota laws and sentencing. Do you think i should get a lawyer, is this type of thing taken very seriously in South Dakota? What type of punishment am i looking at, ie: jail time, fines, etc. I live in Montana and have work and school, making the court date next week is a likely problem. How can i push it back?

Asked on June 24, 2009 under Criminal Law, South Dakota

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I'm not a South Dakota lawyer, but I wouldn't say that marijuana possession isn't taken very seriously anywhere;  you haven't mentioned how much marijuana you were caught with, which is one of the important things to know in understanding just how serious this might be.

So, I definitely think you should get a lawyer in the part of South Dakota where you will be going to court, to defend you and give you reliable advice, based on all of the facts of your case.  One place to find a qualified attorney, in any state, is our website, http://attorneypages.com

If you can contact a lawyer in the next few days, he or she may be able to get the court date postponed for you.  Otherwise, you will have to call the court yourself;  the telephone number should be in your paperwork.


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