was pulled over and found with less than five ounces of marijuana. Police confiscated it and issued me a court summons for possession. After looking it up online it seems the only penalty I can receive is a $40 fine for the first misdemeanor possession in New Orleans, however I’ve read there are consequences to pleading guilty. If I plea not guilty will I risk the trial being prolonged or given to a jury? I don’t really have money for a lawyer right now even though I know it would be preferable. Thank you for any help.