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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
You should get a ticket in the mail with a court date. When you go to court, you can ask to negotiate a plea bargain with the district attorney. Often, if you agree to pay one ticket, they will dismiss the other. It's also possible that you could try to talk them down to half of the $450/ticket, or to the $250/ticket you were originally cited. The fact that you left the dogs with your brother and HE is the one who left them unattended in the car could help with negotiations. Another option is pleading not guilty and requesting a trial. You and your wife could both testify that your brother was in the car when you left, watching the dogs and that you therefore did not leave them unattended. Your brother CAN testify to that as well, but he can't be legally forced to do it. If you choose that route, the district attorney can reissue the tickets to your brother, since he was the last person to leave the car.
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It is possible to hire a lawyer to go to court for you, but if they negotiate a deal where you only pay one ticket, once you add in the lawyer's fee, it's going to be the same amount. It's very unlikely that a lawyer could get both tickets dismissed without you going to court, because you have to testify at the trial as to what happened.
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