Q: I was pulled over for speeding in Utah. I am being charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
I was pulled over going 90mph in a 70 zone. He smelled weed and told me he was going to search the car. I cooperated and set in his car while he & another officer searched. I had about an eighth of weed and a bong on my front passenger floor. I know I can be charged up to $1000 for each offense but I doubt they would try to put me behind bars for this... What do you think they'll ask me to pay?? Do you think I need a lawyer? If so how much will it cost??
A: Yes, you need a lawyer. A lawyer can review the case and first make sure that you don't have a defense. Then they can help you get the best possible outcome. You can actually be charged $1,000 plus a 90% surcharge on all class B misdemeanors. It is unlikely that they will do that, but it's possible. Typically the court charges $690 for possession and $690 for a paraphernalia charge, but again a lawyer can likely help you get the best deal.
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