To avoid reading this background info. a simple answer to this question will make it easier: Can I get a waiver for a reckless driving charge when it was reduced from a DUI (marijuana)?
Hey everyone, I've been doing lots of research and I'm currently in the middle of figuring out how to go about my case. So, my initial arrest occurred last weekend. A quick backstory of what happened- My friend wanted to hang out after I got off work. She tells me she's quitting smoking because she's pregnant and wants to smoke with me and give me the rest of what she had. I only smoked a bowl with her and tell her that's all because I was very tired. I work 6 days a week, wake up at 3:30am to start at 4am and suffer from insufficient sleep. This happened on a Saturday when I start at 7am, but I partied the night before and was running on 4 hours of sleep after working, plus being dehydrated. I don't normally smoke or drink, my friend(different) just happened to throw a party the night before, so I went.
Anyways... I'm getting charged with speeding, DUI(drugs), and possession of marijuana. I approached a lawyer and recruiter immediately the next business day (Monday) and the recruiters I spoke with weren't all that clear on the DUI case. They told me the possession charge will need to be fully dismissed with no conditions and told me that if I get the DUID reduced to reckless driving I would be able to get it waived. I'm confused at this point because I heard any drug-related offense will bar me from enlisting and although the DUID gets reduced, the military will still consider me guilty of the initial charge (DUID). My lawyer is a former U.S Army Judge Advocate General Corps and he's working with me as I informed him of my situation and plan to join the military (Army or Air Force). He said the possession charge would be easier to get dismissed, but the DUID would be harder to drop.
Another note is that the arresting officer seemed to have a soft spot as I exclaimed during the arrest if the charges would affect my eligibility to join the military. He told me it would only depend on the recruiter as some don't tolerate drugs whatsoever... He was totally wrong about that, but he was prior service and told me it would probably go down to reckless driving (without knowledge of me getting a lawyer). I believe I have a strong case to AT LEAST get it reduced to reckless driving. I'm just concerned that I would still get barred and need to get the charge absolutely dismissed under no conditions. If that isn't the case, then I can be at ease a bit since I feel confident about getting a reduced charge. I'm also in college, meaning with a drug related offense I will lose my financial aid as well.
Before any people criticize me for my mistakes, I'm already dealing and learning from them and simply put: I hate weed with a passion now.
Thanks for any advice, it is much appreciated as this is consuming my mind and could use some insight...and thanks for taking the time to read all of this if you actually give a reply to the thread and not just the title.