Either the family will need to find the money to hire a lawyer to defend her against this charge, or she will need to apply for a court
-appointed lawyer to handle her case. If she cannot afford an attorney, the court will provide one for her. Either way, she needs to get an attorney so that they can either take the case to trial
or work out a deal to keep the incident off of her record. An attorney may be able to make this go away without putting your sister through a trial.
If you have a choice, my recommendation would be that you actually hire a lawyer. Many court-appointed attorneys are great lawyers, but unfortunately in that system you do not get to choose the lawyer you want. She may be assigned a great lawyer, or she could be assigned someone who does not have a lot of experience. By hiring one, you are able to select a good attorney in advance. Check around for recommendations for a good criminal
defense lawyer, and see if you can make arrangements to hire him or her. Some will also work with you on a payment plan if you do not have the entire fee upfront.
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