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DearCustomer- This is what is called an arraignment and is the time when you enter a plea to the charges. Since you are not in jail now I doubt you will be required to post any bail or bond at the court hearing. You should definitely get legal counsel and if you can't afford an attorney you should ask the court to appoint one for you.
In any case you will need to plead not guilty in order to have a chance to talk with the prosecutor as to a possible plea bargain. I can understand your fears but I doubt you will go to jail if this is your first offense although I cannot guarantee that. This is why I believe it is always important to have legal counsel.
David Kennett - JD - Attorney at Law