What can the court leagly do to me if i sign a statement claming the 8.8 g of meth that was found on my moms person?

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What can the court leagly do to me if i sign a statement claming the 8.8 g of meth that was found on my moms person?

I told her to tell everyone that she came into town to rescue me from making a bad choice of falling off the wagon and she put me on a plane Back to California where i work, So now her lawyer wants to know why i will not come forward to claim it… So I am…?

Asked on June 10, 2009 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

M.S., Member, Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

By signing a statement claiming ownership of the drugs, you could potentially be incriminating yourself.  If this statement is disclosed to the prosecution, the state could choose to prosecute you.  However, it is also possible that this statement could be used to exculpate your mother -- in other words, to get the prosecution to dismiss or nolle the charges against your mother.  I suggest consulting with and/or retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney who is not professionally associated with your mother's attorney due to the fact that while you and your mother have some common goals (you both do not want to see her prosecuted) some of those goals may conflict with protecting your interests (you may not wish to see her charges dismissed at the expense of your liberty).  Therefore, it is important that you retain your own legal counsel in order to increase the likelihood that neither your mother or you are prosecuted.


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