My question involves criminal records for the state of: California, San Bernardino County
I was recently at a rave and got caught with .5 grams of molly (MDMA). The arresting officer charged me with a misdemeanor of possession (HS 11377 section a). I am 20 years old and I am currently a full time student without a job. I have a clean record and I receive good grades as well. What would be the chances for the judge to drop my case? because my parents cannot find out about what happened. Although, if I do get charged I'm guessing there will be a large fine. I won't be able to pay for the fine, so I would have to go to my parent, but if they find out they'll kick me out and erase me from their lives. What should i do? Would a public defender help my case? and how long does a misdemeanor stay on my record? I am in the process of transferring to a university and I'm afraid this will affect my eligibility to transfer. My situation in my family's life is already messed up as it is. Our house recently got foreclosed, my parents are in debt, my mom's health is not in good condition. Would the judge feel pity for me and dismiss my case? and how should I prepare for my court date?
Thank you for your time!