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I have a court date next week for a misdemeanor charge. I work

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I have a court date next week for a misdemeanor charge. I work in a liquor store for a large grocery chain and I sold to an underage operative of the ATF. I have never been arrested for anything. I expect to pay a fine but I don’t want this to appear on my record. Can I ask the judge to withhold judgment?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 6 years ago.
Jacustomer,

You can ask and it's not unreasonable, but the DA would have to be willing to consent to it. It's best to have a lawyer negotiate this as the prosecutor may not be willing to talk to you without a lawyer.
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