Should I plead not guilty on a possession citation?
January 23, 2009 12:23 PM Subscribe
Citation 221.05 in NYC for possession. Should I plead not guilty, or suck this up?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was in someone's car when they were pulled over for a minor driving violation (think not signaling, etc). The police claimed to smell marijuana and asked to search, which they then proceeded to do. They found a pipe but no marijuana. Both of us were given a citation to appear in court. I am definitely considering pleading "not guilty".
This is my first offense of any kind, ever, including parking tickets, so I'm naturally pretty upset and feeling self-righteous. However, $100 and $100 for the court date is much cheaper than hiring a lawyer. Additionally since nothing was found on my person and it was not my vehicle, I think "not guilty" might not be the worst move ever.
So Mefi, I know you are not my lawyer, or a lawyer, but surely this has happened to some of you. In particular I am concerned about my record (if I were to get caught with weed, I would not want it to be my second offense, as I feel that is my right as someone who is _not guilty_), and getting community service.