Hi - thanks for requesting me!
Did the judge tell her to do this, or did an officer direct her to go get fingerprinted/photographed?
The judge told her she should be "processed", then contact the public defender's office about getting an attorney.
If the judge ordered/told her to go through processing, she should go ahead and do it.
This is so because the judge has probably ordered it to be done. As a result, if she doesn't, she could be charged with contempt of court for failing to abide by the judge's order.
She wants to know why she has to be fingerprinted before being found guilty. Is that standard process everywhere?
Also, if she doesn't do this, the judge will likely issue a bench warrant, they'll arrest her and take her in to do this - - and she can't refuse after being under arrest.
The judge would also likely hold her in jail for some time (a few days) until all background checks are completed, etc.
YES, this is typical procedure.
Any time someone is charged or arrested, they are fingerprinted and photographed mainly to make sure that the person doesn't have outstanding warrants in another state, county, etc.
It doesn't mean that she's guilty by any means - - it's normal.
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