Although the officers I delt with were very nice no one did not/could not/would not/ tell me anything other than show up to court on time and dress nice. Do I need an a lawyer? Can I get a public defender? How do I do this? Do I go by myself and just plead guilty (I am, I did do it) or not guilty or no contest (I don't know what that is) This is my first time in trouble with the law EVER and I don't know what to do.
In the past I have been sued in small claims twice in the past and won (regarding a dog bite in each case).
I have also sued (as the plantif) twice in small claims court and won (also regarding a dog attack in each case)
Other than that I have no dealings with the law. Good advice is really needed. Sorry for the spelling errors and others, as I am upset and my hands are really shakey - although I can blame no one but myself for this mess. Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX
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Conversion in Indiana is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.You will want to retain an attorney to represent you in the matter. If you cannot afford one, you may qualify for the services of the public defender's office. Typically, an individual will want to retain an attorney prior to his/her arraignment. If an individual cannot afford an attorney, he/she would typically request that the court appoint one at his/her arraignment (the first court date).Only your attorney can evaluate what plea you should enter. Your attorney may be able to negotiate to have adjudication withheld. However, the plea you intend to enter is something you should confer with your attorney about. In any case, if a person wants to be found not guilty, he/she will not accomplish that goal by pleading guilty or no contest.
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