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As you can imagine, this is most certainly not a terribly serious offense. While it's difficult to provide a definite answer as to the ultimate outcome, it would be reasonable to expect nothing more than a small monetary fine.
In fact, assuming you have no criminal history, it is conceivable that you could get the charge dropped altogether. Several factors are considered when determining an outcome, these include the person's history, the severity of the charge and the specific facts of the case. In this case, all these factors would appear to weigh in your favor. With that in mind, you should be able to obtain a satisfactory outcome.
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Does your citation show a specific statute or ordinance number? If so, please provide the entire description.
It appears you were charged with a violation of a municipal ordinance, not a state statute. It's not at all unusual for a municipal ordinance violation to have a mandatory court appearance. As such, you most certainly should not read into this and you should simply attend the court date and see if you can obtain the favorable outcome we discussed above.
If, for some reason, you can't obtain a satisfactory result at that time, simply tell the judge you want to continue the matter to retain an attorney, the judge should have no problem doing just that for you.
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