Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
DearCustomer- The problem was that the law office was dealing with the civil side and the ticket from the cop was the criminal matter which is separate. You definitely should have a lawyer and the court will appoint on if you are not able to afford legal counsel.
You will need to plead not guilty and not talk to anyone but an attorney about the case. You may be able to get a reduced charge however without legal counsel you are taking a great risk. Obviously you didn't understand the difference between the civil and criminal aspects of the case but now you must deal with this so be certain to get legal assistance.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).