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I am sorry to hear about your difficult situation.
Please try not to panic, as I know this is very disturbing news to receive a criminal summons.
Can you please tell me if you have any prior criminal convictions?
That is actually good news.
In any case, here is the maximum penalty for the class B misdemeanor in Indiana:
IC 35-50-3-3Class B misdemeanor Sec. 3. A person who commits a Class B misdemeanor shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of not more than one hundred eighty (180) days; in addition, he may be fined not more than one thousand
However, given the fact that this is your first criminal offense, it is very unlikely that you will face any jail time, even if you are convicted of this particular charge.
Are you able to afford to hire a private local criminal defense attorney?
Not an issue.
Here is what I would suggest.
It would be very important for you to consult and retain a local criminal defense attorney and this local attorney should be able to negotiate a plea deal, since you are a first offender, which would allow you to avoid any jail time and enter into deferred adjudication program, which would require you to complete probation and pay fine and once you complete your sentence, your criminal case would get dismissed.
Does that make sense?
If it is a supervised probation, then you would be required to check in with probation officer once a month and stay out of trouble for the duration of probation.
If it is unsupervised probation, then you would need to simply not get into any criminal trouble.
Don't be scared.
Unfortunately, you already confessed to filing a false report, so it would be easy for the state to pursue their case, based on the confession and statements you made to the police investigator.
Initial hearing means that you will enter a plea of "Not Guilty".
Basically, it is important for you not to panic and not to be nervous, the crime that you have been charged with is relatively minor and as I said it is not likely that you would face any jail time, based on the fact that it is a first criminal offense for you.
What are you confused about?
Well, it is always a good idea to plead not guilty.
Every defendant is presumed innocent, until proven guilty.
By pleading not guilty, you would gain some leverage which your local attorney can use to negotiate a plea bargain deal for you.
You would still have to attend the initial hearing, but from there on your attorney can work on a plea
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Your local attorney should be able to be with you every step of the way of this process and it is more than likely that things will work themselves out.
Please try not to worry too much about this situation and speak to a local criminal defense attorney as soon as you get a chance.
As I said, this is a relatively minor misdemeanor charge and your should be fine.
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