My daughter was arrested for having a young man offer her a pot pipe…it was very little pot. It was her first night in AZ from CA

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My daughter was arrested for having a young man offer her a pot pipe…it was very little pot. It was her first night in AZ from CA

She did not have a record.and has not gotten in to any trouble since. Just a dumb mistake on the first night of college. She was 17 and they called me to pick her up because she was a minor. They waited six months before charging her as an adult. Meanwhile she had moved back to CA She changed her address with Maricopa County but never received a letter about a court date. The boy was offered **** testing and diversion classes. His parents were never informed because he was 18. What can we expect?

Asked on July 4, 2009 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I hope your daughter can prove that she gave Maricopa County her correct address, because that should tend to keep the damage from a failure to appear problem (reading between the lines, here) to a minimum.  And I would hope your daughter can get the same diversion program, although there may be a problem with that given that she's living in California now.

It would be a very good idea to have a lawyer go to court with your daughter.


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