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Court doesn't work that way. She has to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If she enters a plea of guilty then it can be done with a plea bargain agreement or without. If without a plea bargain agreement the judge then gives her a chance to present her side of the story before he determines the sentence. If she enters a guilty plea with a plea bargain agreement there is no chance to explain to the judge because there is already an agreement as to sentence.
If she pleads not guilty then there is a trial as to guilt or innocence and she can tell her side of the story during trial.
Her best bet is to hire a lawyer and have him work out a deal for her that ends without a conviction on her record (such as a pretrial diversion or a deferred adjudication).
She can also choose to have the lawyer conduct a trial on guilt or innocence based on "a mistake". If she doesn't have a record then she has a good chance of a jury not convicting her based on the facts.
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