I was coming home early on the train from a night on the town. This is the first time I've been in this situation on the LIRR since 1995. I'll make sure it doesn't happen again.
If I don't get a lawyer, can I still get the matter dismissed?
Hi Christopher.Sorry for the delay. I went out to do some shopping.It's hard to say. It's a public policy type of offense that's not very serious, but it all depends upon who the judge is. Generally, the county wants the revenue. Call a local lawyer. If he has any integrity and thinks you aren't going to need him, he'll tell you.
You can't hurt yourself badly being without one. The court will either pitch it or offer you a deal. If the latter ask if he can adjourn it in contemplation of dismissal. That's a delayed dismissal and something that doesn't involve pleading guilty. If he says no, ask if the deal that is being offered will give you a criminal record and if the judge says no, it's safe to resolve it yourself. Your fallback position if anything turns weird on you is to ask for a continuance to return with a lawyer.
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