Is it possible to get a misdemeanor charge reduced if it is a first offense?

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Is it possible to get a misdemeanor charge reduced if it is a first offense?

I was pulled over for speeding and the officer smelled marijuana when he approached my vehicle. When he asked me about it I was honest and gave him the quarter ounce I had in my glovebox. He gave me citations for Speeding (4-9 mph over) and Misconduct – Controlled Substance 6. I know I can take a class for the speeding, but the officer told me there was a way I can get the other charges reduced.

Asked on April 9, 2012 under Criminal Law, Alaska

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Richard Southard / Law Office of Richard Southard

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It is certainly legally permissible in New York.  The question is can your lawyer convince the DA that you are deserving of  a reduction in charges.  This is especially important in NY because if you are convicted of a crime in New York, there is no legal means to seal or expunge that record.  A criminal record is permanent in NY.


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