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Marijuana possession charge (decriminalized), name now in the paper and several internet articles? They can do this?

Marijuana possession charge (decriminalized), name now in the paper and several internet articles? They can do this? Topic: Paper articles on marijuana
April 19, 2019 / By Allyster
Question: My friend was charged with possession of marijuana (an unusable amount, less than .1 gram) in a state where it is decriminalized. I feel bad because he is upset about the fact that when his name gets searched on the internet, all you see is "man charged with possession of pot" everywhere, and is there forever for everyone to see. Can this be taken down? Are there any rights that allow, or don't allow, for his name to be used like this? I know people's names will be used in the paper or on the internet when involved with criminal activities, but it seems unfair because marijuana is supposed to be DEcriminalized right? He is also over 18 years old. Thanks in advance, I couldn't seem to find anything about this on the internet
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Terry Terry | 5 days ago
Arrests, including non-criminal arrests, are public record and can be published by anyone. Your friend chose to break the law so you should not feel bad for him. Having an "unusable amount" only means he already smoked the usable amount and is no better than if he was caught before he smoked it.
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Terry Originally Answered: Marijuana possession charge (decriminalized), name now in the paper and several internet articles? They can do this?
Arrests, including non-criminal arrests, are public record and can be published by anyone. Your friend chose to break the law so you should not feel bad for him. Having an "unusable amount" only means he already smoked the usable amount and is no better than if he was caught before he smoked it.
Terry Originally Answered: Marijuana possession charge (decriminalized), name now in the paper and several internet articles? They can do this?
If your friend cares so much about about not being linked to possession of marihuana, even when legal, then he should not have possessed marihuana. Why do you think his name will forever be on the internet? And why would people link the name on the internet to him? I've read hundreds of rap sheets carrying information that doesn't connect to the people they are possibly linked to - even when they share the same name, "Can this be taken down?" of course it can be taken down. The information is maintained on a server, isn't it? "Are there any rights that allow, or don't allow, for his name to be used like this?" Have you ever seen the police blotter in a newspaper? It's public information. "it seems unfair because marijuana is supposed to be DEcriminalized right?" Seems perfectly fair to me. Since the act is going to be decriminalized, there is less of a stigma to being linked to it. "I couldn't seem to find anything about this on the internet" Have you considered....a library?

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If your friend cares so much about about not being linked to possession of marihuana, even when legal, then he should not have possessed marihuana. Why do you think his name will forever be on the internet? And why would people link the name on the internet to him? I've read hundreds of rap sheets carrying information that doesn't connect to the people they are possibly linked to - even when they share the same name, "Can this be taken down?" of course it can be taken down. The information is maintained on a server, isn't it? "Are there any rights that allow, or don't allow, for his name to be used like this?" Have you ever seen the police blotter in a newspaper? It's public information. "it seems unfair because marijuana is supposed to be DEcriminalized right?" Seems perfectly fair to me. Since the act is going to be decriminalized, there is less of a stigma to being linked to it. "I couldn't seem to find anything about this on the internet" Have you considered....a library?
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Rosalina Originally Answered: I need legal advice concerning a possession charge?
You do need a lawyer. And you need to follow his advice. Why? Assuming that you are going to be trying for a plea bargain (search with poor marijuana legal, cannot be excluded, and chance for trial success is minimal), you need to make yourself look as good as possible. Your lawyer wants to argue that you were young, stupid, and have learned from your mistake ... blah blah blah. Ok, so now, he is in position of saying ... you were stupid ... again, and were arrested, again. How to explain? He may want you to get into a program, etc., to show the judge that you are serious about being rehabilitated. The same logic works on second case. Only a misdemeanor still means, potentially, jail. And that means judge will look at what happened, and will see you were on bail for the first offense --- again, how to explain that you have learned your lesson and turned your life? Whew. Finally, here's the way it can really hurt. The prosecutor CAN charge you with bail jumping. You were on bail at the time of the second arrest and, in almost every drug case, a condition of bail is to not possess any illegal substances and not commit any additional crimes. Because the violation of bail is on a felony, this is felony bail jumping. This brings us back to ... talk to your lawyer and ask him how to posture the case, and what YOU can do, to minimize the impact of latest arrest on sentencing. And then, no matter what, DO IT. You need to follow his advice, he is trying (despite your best efforts) to keep you out of jail. Good Luck
Rosalina Originally Answered: I need legal advice concerning a possession charge?
Look dude, relax. It was a small amount of bud and the worse case scenario you will receive is a fine. Why waste tax money to go to a program when you will blaze again. I'm sure you didn't have to much on you in the first place and I am sure you didn't have anything that might show that you sell either. You have a card, so chill and pay the fine and do whatever the court orders you to do. Take your medicinal card with you and explain to the judge that you were unaware of Arizona law regarding medical marijuana use. You are a college kid, chances are that your judge burned a few in their own day. Chill. The only thing that was stupid is the fact that you burned one in your dorm. Do that crap somewhere away from people and if you still can't make that happen, smoke proof your dorm or go make a "flute" (basically a piece of plastic pipe and a air filter from a breathing mask, glue together, take a rip, put your lips on the PVC, blow the smoke, and repeat until medicated. I would advise that you refrain from burning one again until court comes around. The court may ask when the last time you used and may test you, or they could be sympathetic and let you off the hook because you have a medicinal card. Either way, keep it clean until court. Good luck

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