My question involves criminal law for the state of: Michigan.
Hello everyone. A few weeks ago, a couple friends and I were pulled over for a broken tail light. The officer suspected that we were all smoking and had asked us if we had anything in the car. We cooperated and gave him a small bag that contained no more than 1.5 grams of marijuana. He had asked us whose bag it was and we answered that it was all of ours, since it was a combined purchase. We were all given misdemeanors for possession of marijuana.
I've searched this forum thoroughly and I'm aware that in Michigan, a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. I'm 23 years old my record is clean; I've never even been pulled over. I have a few questions and concerns.
What is the average cost for the fine for a first time offense like this?
Is taking the Section 333.7411 probation my best option, if I decide to represent myself?
I know it's difficult to make predictions on how much this will cost me, I'm just curious since the officer didn't know the answer when asked.