Thank you. Understand that the frist coming up is called a "setting," and it is one of SEVERAL that she will have. The court will reset her matter several time s(3-5) to allow her attorney to negotiate with the prosecutor (called an assistant district attorney, or ADA) for a "plea deal." Then, either a plea deal is struck, or she goes to trial
.Prosecutor's LeverageIf this case gets to trial, the prosecutor is likely to get a conviction.Her LeverageThe prosecutor is normally very backed up. They are handling literally dozens of cases at once. Setting a matter for trial - jury trial, more so - is a serious issue since they have little time to prepare, file the proper motions, and generally make room for the trial to happen. They also do not want to spend time on a relatively minor case, which yours is.NegotiationRecall how I had mentioned negotiation as one of the options. Very often, individuals in her situation are given a "plea deal," if they have little/no criminal record
. Individuals in your situation are very likely to be offered two possibilities:1. Deferred Adjudication (which dismisses the charge if she simply are not charged/convicted of anything else in 6 months to a year, but, pay court costs); or2. A plea deal for something else. Since she is a minor, has no criminal record, and this is a relatively MINOR matter, she is very likely to be offered deferred prosecution. This means a few months of random drug tests, a few classes, community hours, and a fine. Provided she completes this, the matter would be dropped and can be sealed. It would be as though it never happened. I hope this helps and clarifies. Please use the SEND or REPLY button to keep chatting, or please RATE when finished. You may always ask follow ups at no charge after rating. Kindly rate my answer as one of TOP THREE FACES/STARS and then SUBMIT, as this is how experts get credit for our time. Rating my answer the bottom two faces/stars (or failing to submit the rating) does not give me credit and reflects poorly on me, even if my answer is correct. I work very hard to formulate an informative and honest answer for you; please reciprocate my good faith with a positive rating.