The penalty for an A misdemeanor
in Utah carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.
You have done the smart thing by engaging a criminal lawyer at the very beginning of your case. You haven't said anything here about the charge, but if you have no previous contact with the criminal justice
system except for some dismissals and are presently at liberty, you will very likely be able to resolve your case in some way without having to do any jail time, unless you go all the way to trial
and are convicted of the offense.
On your arraignment date, what will happen is that the judge will read the charges formally into the record and ask you how you plead. You should plead "not guilty," which I'm sure your lawyer will tell you as well. From there, the prosecutor may talk about some kind of possible offer. By then you will probably have spoken to your lawyer, who will have spoken to the prosecutor and given you his opinion of what the evidence against you is likely to show. You can accept the offer if you like it, authorize your lawyer to try to get you a better offer, if you don't, or move the case in the direction of trial. Which of these options you will follow will depend on what your lawyer has to tell you. The key thing is that you will have someone who can advise you working on your behalf so that you can make intelligent decisions.
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