Asked in Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Georgia

Q: Can I ask to see the evidence on my first court appearance?

The officer claims he found 6 roaches in my floor board, however I asked to see WHAT he found but he only explained WHERE he found them. I know for sure I vacuumed my vehicle out the previous day.

1 Lawyer Answer
Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Roswell, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Not really as First Appearance is VERY limited in scope. You get to see the charges as presented to the court through the initial warrant or UTC. They check your criminal history, confirm some stuff, and can set a bond on many charges (not all). There is not a place for you to contest anything of substance. Hopefully you will get to see a police report as part of the process, though, and that should illustrate the investigation on something like where the roaches were allegedly found.

Keeping contraband past its generally accepted useful life is romantic and all, but generally inadvisable from a 4th amendment perspective. Non Smokers can smell them a mile away.

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