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I was accused of child neglect. I first of all deny any criminal action per counseled advice. The event happened where my husband announced to our 3 children that he was taking them to a party. We are in the process of divorcing so he was not talking to me at the time. I was in the house and I watch them leave at separate times to join my husband who was waiting for them in the driveway. My husband made the determination that he would leave our son behind and failed to tell me. Our son who is nine and has autism followed him and was found wandering.
The prosecutor asked my lawyer to have me apply for it. Like I said I take issue that it's program for 'first offenders'. My counsel also said that he did not see why I was arrested in the first place. The police report's timeline is improbable to even me. For me to have been satisfied the charges should have been dropped.
I asked my lawyer why the prosecutor did not drop the charges. His reply was she's not 'one to do that'. then he went on to say that "I mean she's looking at it for what it is" ( Ps. English is my second language & I'm not exactly sure what "looking at it for what it is means) and I can't remember the rest but the gist was that i should go apply for PTI. Then he told me what you said that I risk jail time and even if I was found not guilty it would only mean that there is not enough evidence to convince me. He said that a jury will be looking for someone to blame and I may not want to take that chance.
Thank you for the compliment. I realize that my doubts were based on making a decision out fear (jail time). I guess I was right to be concerned the risks are just too big. By the way I'm a pediatric Registered nurse at the BSN level so I do have a lot to loose.