Janice, thank you for the additional information. If her attorney is not communicating with her and failing to properly represent her and act in her best interest, she needs to bring this to the attention of the Judge. The Judge may be inclined to appoint her new counsel, if the current one is failing to act properly. Even if she would have agreed to accept the plea, when it was imposed by the Judge, the Judge would have asked her if she understood. If she did not, there is nothing wrong with admitting that. Before accepting any plea deal, she needs to understand the terms and conditions of it. Based upon what you stated above, I don't even understand what the plea means if she could resolve the case and leave the State or have to serve a year in jail. While a year in jail may be the limit, if she is charged with a misdemeanor
, it does not mean she would serve that. If she does not want to go to trial, she does not have to. Her attorney can go back to the State and see if the same plea can be offered or a different one, if there is a basis to change and modify it. She is not forced to go to trial and she needs to tell her attorney she wants to resolve this and accept a plea, at the next hearing.
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