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My salary is $41,000/year. I doubt that is low enough for an appointed lawyer. My strain comes from a large amount of student debt (over $500/month), high housing cost living in a college town with a lot of Chicago native students (I was paying $1,000 for a studio apt this summer), and being on the road 8 to 20 hours a week (depending on how often I visit my fiance) and paying for gas. When I take home about 2K a month, not much is left after expenses and bills.
I've been out of school for 2 years, so what little I had saved has been depleted for the wedding. I'm receiving no financial aid from my family, it's all on us. This is getting into the 'reasoning' for my actions . . .
Thank you very much for the information.
Could you tell me more about the difference between completing a course or community service to have the charges dismissed, and working a plea deal that could eventually be expunged? I guess I'm wondering what those solutions mean for my record.
What would the dismissed charges mean on my record? Would they still appear? What does that tell someone looking at my record? That I was initially charged, but it was dropped?
How about the plea deal. I'm not sure what that means. I plead guilty, but could eventually look into having it removed?
Is one outcome more in my favor than the other?
I will absolutely complete the class this week. Could you estimate the number of hours of community service I could be given to complete?
Thank you again!
Yes, I do understand that . . .
Could you explain to me what the plea deal could result in? I'm not sure what that means. I am pleading guilty and hoping to have it expunged in the future?
What about a deferred judgement? My understanding is that sentencing would be held while I complete a probation period. After that, the charges could be dismissed, if the probation is satisfied. Is that correct? Is that something I should peruse?
I guess I'm wondering what to say or do to aid myself, beyond completing the online course...
Thank you very much the information. I will definitely be utilizing this next week, and hoping for the best.
Thank you again.
Good morning Nate,
I do have one more question. I am going to court this afternoon, and wondering if they will ask me to plead guilty or innocent? Yoy said that the only thing I don't want to do is just plead guilty. However, I don't want to lie and say I didn't do it. I want to be up front about the forgiveness, penance, and education I have sought since my incident. Is there a way to present this information along with what I have learned and my apology while still seeking a DJ or dismissal?
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