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I'm very concerned since I cannot attend the hearing and would like to support my daughter with good advice.
I'm wondering if a public defender is ok but they won't talk to us before although the website says they do give advice
So she really risks being put in jail at this hearing?
What should she plead?
She says that she did have the needle.
Should she plead gulity or no contest or not gulity but the latter one is not true.
She does want to be honest and is managing to turn herself around
I would appreciate a response at your earliest convenience since time is running out
I will attempt to help you but the other expert was correct in his assessment. She needs to plead not guilty and allow a public defender to be appointed. I'm all for honesty but my advice is that she keep quiet. She has no duty to talk or to explain anything to anyone except an attorney so before she says anything to anyone about the case she needs to talk to counsel.
Anything she says will be used against her and nothing she says will help her so she needs to stay quiet for the time being and plead not guilty. Many times the charges can be reduced through a plea bargain or there may be some technical violation of her rights so that is why it is essential to be represented by legal counsel.
If she is out of jail now there is no reason she would be sent to jail at the time of the arraignment.
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