Okay, thank you.
First of all, understand that the first court date you will be going to is not the "first and last" court date - it is one of several resets, likely.
This would be your first hearing and an ARRAIGNMENT where one pleads GUILTY or NOT GUILTY. If you plead guilty, you may have been sentenced or at the very least the case would have been over with you being convicted. Ergo, individuals in your situation generally always want to plead NOT GUILTY.
Now, the case is going to be reset. These hearings will reset several times to allow your attorney and the prosecutor (DA) to discuss a plea deal. Normally, the case is reset about 3-4 times before you have to make a choice:
1) plead guilty and simply have the Court sentence
you (not recommended);
2) take the matter to trial
and risk either being convicted and sentenced, or, acquitted of charges (fairly risky); or
3) make a plea deal with the DA.
About 85% or more of such charges end with a plea deal.
The DA's leverage is that possible certainty that you would be found guilty if he takes this to trial. Your leverage is not only possibility of being found not guilty if taken to trial, but also the pressure exerted unto the DA if the defense pushes for trial, which means man hours, preparation, and a lot of court time.
What someone in your situation may wish to do is to first try to convince the prosecutor via defense counsel that you were NOT involved. Statements from the other Defendants that confirm this would HELP the case. If so, then the prosecutor may drop the case. If not, then one can still take their chance at trial and hope that the Judge/Jury believes you version of events.
So your first step should be to find a good attorney (let me know if you need help doing so) to do all this for you.
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