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Is a docket Sounding bad news for a Defendant, its a minor

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Is a docket Sounding bad news for a Defendant, its a minor County Violation, Ordanance, violation of park rules, empty glass beer bottle on Beach in Florida, Lee County. A docket Sounding date and time has been set, what does this mean for the Defendant ? and what options does Lawyer have in this situation, since the Defendant lives in another State. Not Guilty has been filed, commitment form filed by defense, can this simple charge get dropped by Attorney in Defence between today and the Docket Sounding Date in two weeks ?? Going Crazzzzy in Illinois !
No, a docket sounding is where the court schedules a date to see if some plea agreement can be reached. This is a minor charge and your attorney should be negotiating some deal with the prosecutor, it is just a date to see if the prosecutor and you can come to some type of deal or if the prosecutor is willing to consider a dismissal or some deferred sentence with dismissal. This date is not a big deal at all.


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
so at this time I need not worry about having my butt in Lee Co. Fla. in 2 weeks, I am very concerned, since I have no record at all ! Ill pay a damn fine, just dont want to be railroaded, for something stupid, 1 empty bottle, glass on the beach by my bag. u think this will drop or at least a fine will satisfy the courts ?
No, while you need to check with your attorney, but generally he should be able to get you a deferred adjudication, which means after 6-12 months the charge will be dismissed and you do not have to worry about it after paying the fine.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Please be more specific to your answer of (no) to your most resent response ! Thanks !
I am sorry, I was saying that you did not have to get to the court in two weeks and it is something generally your attorney can handle without you being present, but you need to check with him to see exactly what he wants you to do and you need to tell him you will pay a fine if he negotiates a deferred adjudication with a dismissal.
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