DearCustomer- I always recommend pleading not guilty in any criminal case and trying to get a better deal of a reduced charge or possibly a dismissal. This is a strange case where both of you are charged in the same incident. In any event it would be your word against hers as to the facts of the incident. Neither of you would have to testify since you are both charged so if the police have no independent witnesses to the incident you may get the charges dropped altogether.
It certainly doesn't cost you anything to plead not guilty and then talk to the prosecutor. At least you give yourself a chance to get out of it with less damage. If you pay the fines then that will be the same as pleading guilty. Obviously hiring an attorney can be expensive and he or she could only represent one of you.
David Kennett - JD - Attorney at Law
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