Thank you for the additional information. If the admission was freely given and/or properly obtained by the police, it can be used against you. Moreover, if the facts of the case against you are strong and the State can prove the charge against you beyond a reasonable doubt, this is certainly not a case to take to trial. Of course, that is at your discretion but the consequences could be worse if you go to trial and lose rather then take a plea. As such, you 100% need to make sure you appear in court, as ordered. When you do, you can ask the prosecutor for a plea offer to resolve this or see if they offer a diversion program you can possible enter into, to get the case dismissed. The prosecutors office may have a diversion program set up for these type of offenses, so you would need to inquire. If you take a plea deal, the State would likely be inclined to impose a fine, court costs and then possible community service or probation
. The fact that you are a first time offender and this is a non-violent crime, should not result in any jail time. I think it is always best to retain a criminal defense attorney
. I say this because they can look over the facts of the case and see if you have any legal defenses and speak with the State about a plea deal, that is in your best interest. If you are not familiar with the criminal justice system, it is best to have someone by your side who is.
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