First of all, understand that this is just one of several
hearing dates that she will have. Typically, on the first hearing date, she will be asked how she pleads (NOT GUILTY), and then the matter will be reset several times as her attorney and the prosecutor try to come up with a plea deal. If this does not work, then she is to take her chances at trial
. About 90% of such matters end up with a plea deal.
Normally, if she does not have an attorney, the Court will not even take her plea, and will reset the matter for her to find counsel. She may also request a reset herself to find counsel and the Judge normally obliges on the first hearing.
If she cannot afford an attorney, then one is typically appointed to her, but the Court has to be convinced that she really cannot afford it - if she is able-bodied and can work, and is not in jail, then the Court normally declines appointment, but it is on a case by case basis.What should I do?
Try to find counsel for her. May I recommend the Kansas Bar referral program - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.Take a deep breath
. I know that you are very worried right now and this is justified, but please give yourself a chance to relax because the more one is wound tight, the more "tragic" circumstances seem.
It is very likely
that the prosecutor and her attorney will come to a plea deal. Her attorney is likely to push for a deferred sentence
, which is a type of program wherein a low-level, non-violent
crime with someone who has little/no priors is given classes and community hours and probation in exchange for dropping the charge and any conviction. If this is done, then the matter may usually be expunged and it would be as though nothing happened.
So I believe that very likely, the prosecutor and the defense attorney will come up with such a plea deal after a few resets. If not, then still a plea deal may be worked out - few matters actually ever get to trial.
So your best bet at the moment is finding counsel. If finances are an issue, let me know, and I will provide some pro bono leads in the state.
I hope this clarifies. Good luck, and I hope this works out.IMPORTANT
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