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I am sorry to hear about this situation.
1) An attorney is likely to charge about $1,500 for base representation, and about $5,000 should she want this to go to trial
2) This is a misdemeanor
. Given that this is her first criminal
offense, she is very likely to be offered a deferment program or some other type of offer that will not result in a conviction and/or time in jail in exchange for a few classes, community hour, and a fine (technically, this misdemeanor can have up to a year in jail punishment).
3) However, said deferment is not a RIGHT, and the prosecutor may take advantage of a Defendant's naivete. The prosecutor is not even likely to discuss such plea deals without counsel, so it is important to have an attorney in Court.
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