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I was sited with a disorderly conduct in New Jersey. This

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I was sited with a disorderly conduct in New Jersey. This is a first offense I was hoping to get the charged at least reduced to municipal ordinance violation. I was taken down by a bouncer out side a club for backing up into him. I had been drinking but not intoxicated so my reaction was not very fast moving out of his way. they were set on edge by another guy in our group who had been thrown out of the club. If I plee not guilty how do i say i would be happy to take a municipal ordinance violation. Or do i Plee guilty and ask for that?
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Good evening. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. In a situation like this, you have two options. When you appear, you can ask the prosecutor if they have any type of diversion program that can be offered, that you can enter into, to get the case dismissed or to have the charge amended. If not, then you could ask if they would be willing to amend the charge, if you were willing to take a plea deal, instead of going to trial. If you were to enter a plea of not guilty, the Judge would likely set the matter for trial. As such, you want to ask for an offer and/or the options you have, to get the charge amended or dismissed. If you were to just enter a plea of guilty, the case would be offer. Before doing so, you want to know what you would be getting, which is why you ask for a plea offer and can then change your plea, pursuant to it, if you want to accept it. If not, then you can enter a plea of not guilty and go to trial, making the State prove the charge against you, beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

So when i go in how do I start. ask to speak to the prosecutor or what?


 


Thanks for the help

If you appear in court early, you can try and speak with the prosecutor about your case. You do not need to make any admissions or talk about the facts but can just ask for any type of diversion program or offer, to get the charge dismissed or reduced. You can tell them you want to keep your record clean and will do what is needed. If you are unable to speak with them ahead of time, then you would wait for your case to be called and when you go before the Judge, he/she will normally read what you are charged and ask the State if they have an offer to resolve this or how you want to proceed. As such, it could be at that time you can ask what I stated above as well, to see what they are willing to do.
I just wanted to follow up and see if you had any other questions or needed me to clarify something. I am here to help, so please let me know. Thanks!