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My son was given an "notice to appear" by a Sarasota SO. The

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My son was given an "notice to appear" by a Sarasota SO. The code is 893.13(6)B. His mandatory appearance is set for today at 9:00am. I just was informed of this. He is 18. This is his 1st offence. What should we do?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  legalgems replied 2 months ago.

I am sorry to hear this; a Notice to Appear is authorized by Rule 3.125:

RULE 3.125. NOTICE TO APPEAR (a) Definition. Unless indicated otherwise, notice to appear means a written order issued by a law enforcement officer in lieu of physical arrest requiring a person accused of violating the law to appear in a designated court or governmental office at a specified date and time.

Here is the statute at issue:

It is important to contact an attorney to have them meet you at the court. For first offenders, the attorney can help negotiate a pre trial diversion program so that there is no conviction. Many prosecutors are willing to negotiate but it is best to have an attorney negotiate for the defendant.

The attorney will meet with the prosecutor and attempt to plea bargain the case to either a lesser charge, or they will examine the evidence and determine if the charge can be defeated at trial.

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Expert:  legalgems replied 2 months ago.

Hi- just checking in to see if you needed clarification on any of the above information. If so please post here (there is no additional charge for this) and I will do my best to get you the requested information.

Thank you!