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In court, they work off of physical evidence, documentation. Thus, whatever you need to do, such as bringing in a copy of the death notice of your family member to prove the time period around the death, will be required to prove that part of your claims. Second, you need your doctor's notes to show when you were sick. Your grade reports are also important. Finally, speak to your teachers, get letters from each of them about how you have turned around and have become a good student (this together with your current attendance record will be very convincing to the court). Also, if you can ask one of your closest teachers to appear with you in court on the day of the hearing to testify, so the court can hear in person from the teachers about you.
The court does NOT want to convict you on these cases, they want any reason they can to simply continue the case until graduation and then dismiss the case against you. This is the ultimate goal on a case like this with the court and all you have to do is give them some reasonable documentation to back up your claims on your case.
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