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HelloThis is Samuel. It is most prudent to be there 15 minutes early because your case may be called first. And so one would want to be there and ready to be heard because if your case is called and you are not present, a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest.Yes, if you are going to opt to pay a citation and not have a hearing you can go to the clerk and tell them you want to pay the citation and cancel your hearing. The clerk will accept payment, if it is not a Must Appear citation and pull your case from the docket.
IF the citation is a must appear, then you would pay the citation after the hearing.
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It's possible, yes. But you need to be very careful what you say as anything you say can be used against you by the prosecuting attorney. What is the citation for? And what state?
Ok. Thank you. I suggest that if there is a chance for jail, you consider not going this alone. You can go to your hearing and plead Not Guilty, and then tell the court you want the Public Defender, if you qualify. If you still want to risk a court hearing and possible jail, you can represent yourself, meet with the prosecutor before hand and tell them you want to plead guilty, in exchange for no jail and a minimum fine.
Since you do not have a criminal record, it is possible to get the prosecutor to agree to no jail, a minimum fine and probably some sort of probation. Also ask about any deferred adjudication you might qualify for which means, once you successfully complete your probation the matter can be expunged.
Here is a link to read the Wisconsin law on deferred adjudication.
Thank you. ***** stated, it is possible but totally at the discretion of the prosecutor. But since you have no criminal record, it would seem to me they would be amenable to a deferred adjudication and no jail.
Bring proof of your full time employment. That can be in the form of paycheck stubs and or a letter from your employer stating you work full time and attesting to your character, etc.
Generally, yes, on non violent offenses. And this is not a non violent offense.
Was anyone hurt in your hit and run or any damage to any public or personal property?
Thank you. IN that case, I suggest, it is very possible the Prosecutor will consider a deferred adjudication as explained.
Yes. I suggest it can be nerve racking. But just be early, ask the clerk who is the prosecutor and then approach them and tell them you want to discuss a plea negotiation.
If the prosecutor will not discuss a plea deal for a guilty plea, then I suggest you tell the judge you plead Not Guilty and consider consulting with a local attorney to help secure that plea for you.
Yes. That is absolutely correct. Of course, you may qualify for a public defender, too. If that is an option the PD can negotiate for you.
As I said, it is a non violent offense, you are a first offender and so you have good options available to you.
More than likely, yes. Though there is the penalty of up to 30 days in jail that can be imposed. And while I suggest it probably won't happen because you are a first offender and it is a non violent crime, it is always available for a judge to impose.
And so not being familiar with your judge and prosecutor it is not a guarantee, but generally that is correct.
I provided you options. Good ones. I just want you to know all the possibilities. Please don't cry. You'll be fine.
And that is all possible. I will also say a prayer for you. Discuss the deferred adjudication with the prosecutor.
Thank you. Do you have other questions in this regard.
Ask the prosecutor if you can talk to him. Tell him you want to discuss a plea agreement that would give you a deferred adjudication. It will all be fine.
Yes. You will be fine. Try to relax, arrive early and good luck !
You have faith. And that's what's important.
Me, too. I know the feeling. I need to sign off now for the night. I will pray it all works out for you. Please remember a Positive rating ensures I get credit for my time.