My question involves criminal law for the state of: Maryland
So here's the story. About two weeks ago, I was riding home with my friend. It must have been about 3 in the morning. I had fallen asleep and woke up because we were being pulled over for a headlight that was out. The cop made us get out of the car so that he could search it. In this process, a little bag of weed fell out of my pocket and onto the seat. After the cop searched the car, he came back to us and asked us whose weed it was and, of course, both of us denied it. In my head I was panicking and didn't want to admit to it. In any case, the officer arrested me because it was found on my seat and charged me with possession and paraphernalia, because apparently the bag is paraphernalia, which is total BS in my opinion. It's like they came up with that so that they could screw you easier.
I went to jail and spent about 5 hours there before seeing the commissioner, who let me out and told me I had to go to some pretrial thing. So every Monday I have been going there. They piss tested me the first time and it came back positive for marijuana. They told me to call the court assessor, whatever that is, to be put on a waiting list so they can apparently decide whether I need drug classes or not, or so I was told. This is all confusing to me.
They're also making me go to two NA or AA meetings each week until my court date. I haven't smoked at all since I was arrested. I'm really nervous about these charges because my job could fire me if they find out and I can't afford that. I also can't afford to be put in drug classes because at the moment I'm saving my money for a car so I can get back in school, and I'm trying to work as much as possible between two jobs. And plus, I simply don't need drug classes. I'm not some sort of crazy drug addict in desperate need of therapy. I hardly ever even smoke weed. It's just a waste of my time and money. This is going to totally screw with everything.
I applied for and got a public defender, but I don't know how much help that is going to be. Will this pretrial stuff affect the judge's decision when I actually do go to court? What about the fact that the cop never actually found the stuff on me? I know it's a pretty weak argument. I have a completely clean record, not even a traffic violation. I am not a criminal, lol.