My name is Greg and I was arrested Friday and need to find out what the charge means and whether I would benefit from hiring a lawyer. I met a woman who I had purchased drugs from in the past to give her 20.00 I owed her. On this morning, I was on a bicycle talking to her through her car window in the store parking lot. While talking with her, the police pulled up, had me get off my bike and started questioning me. For over 90 minutes, I was questioned and the girl was questioned. I was thoroughly searched and did not have any drugs on me. The woman and her car were searched where they found a small amount of methamphetamine. I told them I was not buying drugs this morning which was true but they kept insisting I was lying and told me if I would just be honest, I would not have any problems. The officers kept telling me they knew what I was doing and that if I would admit it, I would be able to go so I eventually agreed. Shortly afterward, they told me I was under arrest and read me my rights. After 14 hours in jail, I was able to bail out and find out what I was charged with (182 a 1 PC/11378hs). Again, on this morning, I did not purchase any drugs. I agreed with the police because they kept insisting I was lying and if I did, I would not be in any trouble. I regret this but felt I had no other option. I am 52 years old and have never been in any trouble. I would like to know whether to hire an attorney or use a public defender, the cost of hiring an attorney, and what are the possible outcomes?
Thank You very much.