Hello, and sorry to hear about your granddaughter.
Assuming this is a first offense, and she just lost her temper and threw the phone, that is almost certainly not going to result in jail time.
She would likely be charged with battery, which is the legal term for hitting someone. This is usually a misdemeanor
. While up to one year in jail is an option for a judge, normally such an offense would get a fine, community service, and a suspended sentence
. This means that if she behaves doing the period of suspension, she would serve no jail time.
My strong advice would be for her to get a good criminal
defense attorney, who can look at the charges and see what the options are. She may be able to fight the case and have it dismissed, or plea bargain the case into a lower charge or lighter sentence. If she cannot afford an attorney, she should be provided with a public defender who can help her.
I suspect the hearing next week will be an arraignment where she pleads guilty or not guilty. If she pleads not guilty, there will be a trial
scheduled for later. If she is not represented, a court will probably arrange for a public defender (if she cannot afford an attorney).
If you want to hire a criminal defense attorney who can guide her along in this, here is a list of criminal defense firms in your area:
I hope this helps!
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