What are my chances of keeping this off my record and getting probation and/or community service? Would I have a better chance with a lawyer or just show up and throw myself on the mercy of the court?
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You always stand a better chance with a lawyer. You always initially plead not guilty. Then you work out a plea deal with the prosecutor. It is possible, with an attorney's assistance, you may be able to keep this off your record.
Over 8 years of criminal defense practice.
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