My question involves criminal law for the state of: Texas
I was pulled over for speeding. The officer saw a pack of rolling papers in plain view and asked me out of the car, patted me down and placed in handcuffs on the side of the highway. While detained, said he was going to search the car and I should tell him if I have anything he needed to know about. I told him about the 3 grams of marijuana in my glove compartment, and the firearm in my center console. He ran the gun and it came back fine (which I knew it would) and told me that I could have seen felony charges if I had lied. He stomped the marijuana, gave me back my firearm and wrote me a ticket for Possession or Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia (issued a warning for speeding) and sent me on my way. This was in Colorado County.
I have never had a drug related offenses, the papers were in a pack and had zero residue on the paper material but I cannot say if the same is true for the box/package holding the rolling papers. I am in college, receiving financial aid, I have hopes of working in a Federal LE field but it is my understanding that this is one of those "for life" charges.
I apologize if I'm using the wrong terms, but I basically want to know if there is any way this incident will not show up on background investigations if I use an attorney or am I screwed? I am more than willing to do community service or something with a lesser charge.