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Please understand that as we cannot see the police reports and evidence in the case we cannot get much into the specific defenses or the specifics of her case.
If she has not been to court since she went to jail, this court appearance is known as "first appearance" or "arraignment
." At the first appearance, all she would be expected to do is enter a plea, typically "not guilty," and if she needs a lawyer and cannot afford one she would ask for one to be appointed at that time. She does need an attorney, since this is a criminal charge and she will have a permanent criminal record forever if she is found guilty. The court will also continue any restraining orders that are in place and may enter other conditions of bond/bail, such as attending anger management classes etc.
This is all that happens in a first appearance. Once she gets an attorney, the attorney will obtain the police report and all the evidence the DA has and will work to prepare her defense to the charges, such as arguing self defense and that she was not the aggressor in the incident. The attorney will also try to negotiate with the DA to dismiss charges upon completion of any court ordered anger management or domestic violence classes and if he cannot he will at least try to work out some first offender deal where an expungement could subsequently be obtained if the attorney cannot find enough evidence to go to trial and seek to get her found not guilty that is.
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