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if the victim does not want to move forward, it is possible the prosecutor will place the matter as "inactive" this means that if your daughter does not get into any more trouble for a specified period of time, the matter will go away. however, if she has any further incidents of any type, the state will resurrect this one, too.
at the arraignment, she can plead not guilty, request a dismissal and if it is not granted, request the assistance of a public defender.
Do you mean that she should go to the arraignment without representation? Then if it is not dismissed we should should then request counsel?
yes. that is the process. the arraignment is to determine enough probable cause to move forward. if the "victim" is not there, they might not have anything. so you daughter can say not guilty, request a dismissal and if not granted request the PD for representation. then the PD can discuss the matter with the prosecutor and try to get it on placed "inactive"