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called for a disturbance, police came and asked person to leave, they saw and confiscated my marijuana and pipe (small amount). they came back in about 15 minutes to write me a possession ticket. I refused to sign it.

Asked on May 2, 2009 under Criminal Law, Wyoming

Answers:

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

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I'm not sure how you think refusing to sign the ticket would be helpful.  It won't stop the police from pressing charges against you, and it might make it necessary for them to arrest you instead.

In Wyoming, as in many other states, there is a section in the drug law that allows first offenders for small amounts of drugs to have the proceedings suspended, under certain conditions.  What this means is that no guilty verdict is entered, and the person has no criminal record, and if they stay out of trouble for a certain period of time and obey the terms of their probation during that time, the charges get dropped.  This is the best possible way to get through a drug charge!

But, you have no right to get suspended proceedings, it's up to the prosecutor.  If you get the police angry at you, you might not have the opportunity.  What's more, the fact that the police found drugs in your possession might give them enough reason to get a search warrant for you home.

From what you've said, the police caught you, fair and square.  Making life difficult for the police isn't usually a good idea, because they have a lot more ways to make your life difficult.  You might want to go to the police station and just sign the ticket.  Or, you can talk to a lawyer about your choices.  You can find a lawyer at http://attorneypages.com


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