Thank you, C.
Disorderly conduct is a class 1 misdemeanor
in most cases. I am guessing yours is a MISDEMEANOR. They carry a potential of up to 6 months in prison and fines of $2,500.
However, relax, as in I doubt that this would happen. Allow me to explain.
You are right in that this is one of several
settings. The first one was simple the arrangement where you plead GUILTY or NOT GUILTY (not guilty). Then the matter is reset.
It will be reset several times before you make a decision of whether or not to take a plea deal, or, to take your chances at trial.Prosecutor's Leverage
. If this case gets to trial, the prosecutor has to prosecute it, and they may win, and if so, then you may have a conviction and be open to sentencing by the Judge.Your Leverage
. The prosecutor is normally very backed up. They are handling literally dozens of cases at once. Setting a matter for trial - jury trial
, more so - is a serious issue since they have little time to prepare, file the proper motions, and generally make room for the trial to happen.Negotiation
. Very often, individuals in your situation are given a "plea deal," if they have little/no criminal record and I am guessing you do not. Individuals in your situation are very likely to be offered two possibilities:
1. Deferment (which dismisses the charge if you simply are not charged/convicted of anything else in 6 months to a year, but, pay court costs); or
2. Please deal to a lesser conviction.
You have to allow your attorney to negotiate on your behalf. The Court reset so you can find one. If you cannot afford one, then someone in your situation may need to speak up next time and ask the Court to have one assigned when your matter is called, and then the Judge will consider your financial situation before assigning counsel.
VERY LIKELY, you will get deferment or some other plea deal with no jail time, since this is a relatively minor matter when all things are concerned. But it still should not be taXXXXX XXXXXghtly.With the above scenario should I pursue a lawyer?
YES. Again, if one cannot be afforded, ask the Court for an appointed.How bad can this get?
See above.Can I and should I get a copy of the police report?
Your attorney can get this from the court's file.I have many more questions..
Ask away if you need to.
Finally, if finances are an issue, I can recommend three resources. First, here is a list of all pro bono work in the state...http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/directory/asrizona.html
You may call your local law school and see if they have a legal clinic place available. The legal clinic is a free service the school(s) provide to the community. While they are often overbooked, they have openings sometimes. Here is the list law schools in your state:http://www.hg.org/law-schools-arizona.asp
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck!
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