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You do not have to have an attorney but it is in your best interest to do so. If found guilty, you could face more then just a fine. You could be placed on probation and even be sentenced to jail time. While I understand that you did not hit her son, it may be a case which needs to go to trial. As such, unless you are familiar if the rules of criminal procedure and evidence, you may not be in the best position to represent yourself. If a perfect situation, the prosecutor would speak to the victim and any witnesses to try and see if they have enough evidence to proceed. However, this is not always the case and it may take trial to get you found not guilty and the case closed without a criminal record.
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