misdemeanors are classified into three - class 1, 2 or 3 - the penalties are as follows:
1 Six months imprisonment, or five Eighteen months imprisonment,hundred dollars fine, or both or five thousand dollars fine, or both
2 Three months imprisonment, or two Twelve months imprisonment,hundred fifty dollars fine, or both or one thousand dollars fine, or both
3 Fifty dollars fine Six months imprisonment, or sevenhundred fifty dollars fine, or both
i think, he needs to explain the matter to the court and see about getting it dismissed since he feels he was defending himself
it probably falls under the class 3 misdemeanor - but without having the exact cite on the ticket - i thought i would provide all possibilities
the class 3 is up to 6 months in jail and/or the 50 to 750 fine - i think, he will get fined about 100 or so and court costs -
he can try to speak to the prosecutor - but the DA is under no obligation to speak with him, unless he files an appearance with the court on the matter as "pro se" meaning he is representing himself - then the DA should talk to him -
if it is the lowest of the classes, then the only plea he can negoiate is to the fine and no jail time - and as i stated, based on your facts of his employment, etc - i doubt he would get jail time
tell him to call the prosecutor's office and see if they will speak with him - but remember the state represents the "victims" and unless he files his appearance or gets a local attorney then they dont have to talk to him and he will need to wait until court to address the judge
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