If my 18 year old son got arrested for possessing 0-2 ounces of marijuana, should he hire a lawyer or represent himself in court?

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If my 18 year old son got arrested for possessing 0-2 ounces of marijuana, should he hire a lawyer or represent himself in court?

He has never been in trouble with the law.

Asked on June 19, 2013 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

Anthony Van Johnson / VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, L.L.C.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Anyone charged with a drug, theft, or sex related offense should NEVER attempt to represent himself in court.  Drug offenses, as with theft and sex crimes, have a severe impact on an individual's future employment, as well as, educational opportunities.  In addition, drug related offenses, in addition to jail time, may result in a loss of driving privileges, loss in ability to obtain a concealed weapons permit, as well as, other possible ramifications                                                                                                                                                             


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