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Assuming the DA is ethical, the best thing you can do is schedule a meeting with him (or whatever assistant DA is handling the case). You and your mother in law should both attend and tell the DA your story.
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This really should not be very complicated. Yes, you can do it before your arraignment. The DA can drop charges the same day you meet.
Clearly, once the DA finds out what happened, he will not want to keep you charged since he won't be able to prove it at trial.
Likely probation, but that's ultimately up to a judge. However, I've seen many cases like this and first offenders almost always get probation.
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