Possession of Cannabis or possession of marijuana under 20 Grams is a misdemeanor charge with the potential penalties of 1 year in the county jail, 1 year probation and a fine of 1,000 dollars. There is also a one year suspension of your driver's license if convicted.
Many times these charges can be fought if you hire an attorney who handles these sorts of cases. The questions are were the drugs found on you? If not where they found in plain view or in an area occupied by multiple people? These are all factors that based on the evidence or the facts of the case could result in your drug charges being dismissed and potentially your record being expunged.
If you get stopped and the drugs are not on your but rather in joint possession, meaning someone else is in the car or in the house do not admit they are yours. This is typically the only way the cop can prove your knowledge of the drugs.
If you are arrested or given a notice of appearance for court regarding a case of possession of cannabis or possession of marijuana under 20 grams, contact an attorney right away to make sure you do not get convicted and explore any options for a possible dismissal.
Besides the possible jail time, driver's license suspension and criminal conviction on your record, a conviction on a drug can also result in the loss of financial aid for school and loss of job opportunities and other problems down the road.