Q: I received a ticket while being a passenger in a car. I got a ride to work from a coworker. He had expired plates.
He got a ticket for less than a half an ounce of marijuana in the driver side door and it is on video. They impounded the car and left us on the side of the road. He was fired. I couldn’t drive at the time because I have seizures and I had to be seizure free for six months. That morning I needed to find a ride to work because my mom couldn’t take me. I went to court and asked for a public defender and they said the type of ticket I couldn’t get one. I can’t afford a lawyer. I’m having trouble getting the video they did send a letter saying that it was available but now they’re saying it’s not. What can I do
A: It is possible for multiple occupants of a vehicle to be found guilty of drug possession charges when there are drugs in the car. That being said, the burden is on the prosecution and, depending on the specific facts of the case, all vehicle occupants may not be guilty if one person has illegal drugs on their person. You should contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss your case. If you can't afford an attorney, you can ask for a public defender to be appointed to defend you.
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