Okay, a friend and I were on our way to the movies when we were suddenly stopped by a cop. He found a bag of weed but since we were cooperative, he let us off with a paraphernalia charge instead of possession. He took the bag of weed with him that night, but let us go. This is my first offense, and I was wondering if my friend and I could plead not guilty? I ask this because he gave us a charge for paraphernalia instead of possession, so couldn't we say that all he found was an old bag under the seat and a few stems that we had no idea was in the car? Or could he bring the bag of weed with him for evidence? I don't think he can because that would mean that he should have charged us with possession instead of paraphernalia to the Judge, wouldn't it? If I do plead not guilty, would I need a lawyer for this occurrence? Help would be greatly appreciated, my fellow blades.