I'm 18 years old, I have a squeaky clean record (other than this), I live in Ontario, Canada, I work full-time while I'm off for the summer and I go to a prestigious American college on an F-1 Student Visa. I'll be starting my second year in the fall.
Anyway, last Wednesday I picked a friend (A) up from work and we planned to smoke at my buddy M's place. We showed up a bit late and M wasn't around, so we decided to go grab some food and roll a blunt to kill some time. We pulled into one of our several session spots, parked the car, and twisted up a good sized blunt.
I sparked it, took two solid pulls and passed it over to A. Just then we saw a few bicyclists pulling up in the distance. We both took a look and realized that they were cops, but by the time I reacted and tried to start the car and book, they had us covered and knew what was up.
We were caught. They searched my car, and found 3 beers in my backpack, as well as A's jar with about a half-ounce of some Northern Lights and a scale. He admitted it was all his, but they weren't having it. They could've hit me with a drinking ticket, but decided to be cool about that one. Instead, we each received a court date in late August for a possession charge.
Now, that's not too big of a deal, right? Just show up, probably get off with some community service seeing as we're both first-time offenders. Nah. If I show up at court and end up convicted, I can't go back to the US. I'm fucked. I have an apartment that I have a lease on for another year (~$900/mo), and I just paid my tuition for next semester - $16,000USD.
It's also fucked because my court date is less than a week before I planned to move back into my apartment for the year. If they drop the charges in exchange for community service, I won't have time to complete it without interfering with classes.
I have no legal knowledge and I've been shitting my pants over this for the last 4 days. Is there ANYTHING I can do? If I can't go back to school my life is going to go to shit. I got VERY lucky and was accepted into a program for the only thing I'm good at, and there is nothing around here that would cut it for me -- I'd basically just be hitting the work force for the remainder of my life.
The cops acted like they were putting a drug fiend out of his misery and cleansing the streets of my suburban town, but all they're doing is fucking everything I've worked for.
I haven't talked to legal aid yet, but I've heard I can go to the crown and possibly have the charge diverted. Is this true? Do I stand a chance? What are the consequences?
Really, I'd be hugely grateful for any advice my fellow blades could provide. Thanks in advance.
Edited by Esskay, 27 July 2009 - 04:21 AM.