If you are charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana, you may be eligible for a Conditional Discharge.
To be eligible, you must not have a prior drug conviction. You must come to court on your scheduled court date and enter a guilty plea. The ticket is not signed off, but the plea is entered on the record. In the court room, you will sign a conditional discharge order, agree to stay out of criminal trouble for six (6) months, agree to attend a drug education program and pay a $150 participation fee. You are required to provide proof of your completed drug education program to the municipal court office before the end of the six (6) month period. At the end of the six (6) months, if the court has proof of your completion of a drug education program, the court will verify that you have not been charged with any criminal offenses during the six (6) month period. Your charge will then be dismissed and you may be eligible to get your record expunged through the Solicitor's Office. Expungement will eliminate the public record of your charge. There is a separate fee for processing the expungement.
If you do not complete the drug education program or if you are arrested for any criminal offense within six (6) months of the date of your Conditional Discharge Order, you will face the maximum sentence for your Simple Possession of Marijuana offense, which is currently $620 or 30 days in jail.