Re: MInor Caught With Alcohol at a Public Event
I’m not seeing any defense here. It does not matter that the blunt wasn’t yours. You willingly took it and hit it…that puts you in knowing and willing possession. If the cop saw you with it, that’s it. The cop then searched your book bag incident to the arrest for pot possession and found evidence of alcohol possession. Since you are under 21, that is also illegal. So, 1) initial arrest for pot possession based on officer’s direct observation, 2) valid search of book bag, and 3) discovery of evidence of underage alcohol possession. Perhaps you could convince a judge that you had just been performing a community service by picking up empty beer bottle litter…but, I don’t have much hope that will fly. As for the chronic?…nope, don’t see even a long shot way out of that one.
You will likely be offered a deferred prosecution agreement. That would mean your sentence would be suspended (possibly even dismissed…not sure how it works in OH) contingent upon you meeting certain court ordered conditions. The conditions would likely include drug/alcohol awareness classes, community service, law abiding behavior, and a probationary period. A driver’s license suspension is also a real possibility.
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.