Self - Advocacy Workbook


Chapter 1
Advocacy, Preparations & Strategies

1-1 Introduction
1-2 Police Contact
1-3 Arrest
1-4 Arraignment
1-5 PreTrial    
1-6 Trial


Chapter 2

2-1 Aiding & Abetting
2-2 Conspiracy
2-3 Delivery of Controlled Substance






A controlled substance is any drug that is illegal

  • marijuana,

  • heroine,

  • cocaine,

  • meth, etc. or

  • any drug which a person possesses illegally (someone else's prescription medication). 

Delivering a controlled substance is a serious crime.

 In order to be found guilty of delivery of
a controlled
substance, the prosecuting lawyer must show:

1.  YOU knew that the substance was an illegal drug; and

2.  YOU meant to give the drug to someone else.'

Sometimes, YOU may not know that what YOU are carrying is an illegal drug but the jury may still think that YOU knew. 

 For example:

1.  Someone hands YOU a package and does not tell YOU what it contains or tells YOU it contains something different than what it actually contains;

2.  Someone tells YOU to take a package to the airport or any other place; or

3.  Someone gives YOU a large sum of money to just deliver a package.

If your friend asks YOU to help him/her
by delivering a package for him/her without
letting YOU see what is inside the package
YOU should say, "I cannot help you"
and quickly walk away.

Written by: Melissa King, Attorney-at-Law,  King Law Offices; Karen Wolf-Branigin, Wayne State University, Developmental Disabilities Institute; Rachel Pinsky Law Graduate, Wayne State University; Robert Lasker, Belinda Land, Vendalia Collins, Cheryle Trommater, Marsha Katz,
The project staff extend our sincere appreciation to the over 50 people who generously donated their time, support and expertise to the Equal Justice initiative.  Though we cannot thank everyone individually, we particularly acknowledge the following groups and individuals.
The Curriculum Design Board who identified competencies, reviewed materials and curriculum drafts: Jeanice Dagher-Margosian, Michelle James-Mann, Florence Kozak, Gary Margosian, Mark Ptaszek, Penny Ryder, Donna Sabourin, Jim Soden, Bob Stein, Ted Wybrecht
The field test participants and field site coordinators who attended the training in the very earliest stages: Sarah Irvine. People First of Oakland Count

First Edition Spring 1998 --
Equal Justice is a collaborative partnership between Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy and Wayne State University Developmental Disabilities Institute.  This material was developed and disseminated with funding from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council Grant 96620