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1) It's rare that a case is dismissed so you can't count on it at all. The best he can hope for is something that lets him away without a conviction, such as a deferred adjudication. HOwever, he can always potentially get a not guilty if he hires a good lawyer and goes to trial. HOwever, a conviction can play a huge part in getting turned down for a job.
2) He wants a lawyer that does both criminal law and family law. He can find one in that area at www.lawyers.com. As to cost, $5000 on the low end, going up considerably higher depending on how good they are and what all is required.
3) Yes, although character witnesses play very little part.
4) At the arraignment hearing they will just advise him of the charges and he should plead not guilty. Then they set a tentative date for trial which is usually six months or more away. It's not at all likely to end that day. If he hires a lawyer quickly then he may not even have to show up for arraignment, the lawyer will waive the arraignment since it really isn't a major part of the case.
5) No way to know. All facts matter and it depends on how they play out.