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I had recently got 3 citation. One for underage drinking, the

second for open intoxication, and...
I had recently got 3 citation. One for underage drinking, the second for open intoxication, and the third for paraphenallia. This is my first time getting introuble with the law and was wondering how long will this stay on my record, if there is any way of reducing how long it stay on my record or the cost of the citations by doing community service, parrol, or taking a class of any sort. Along with the question of is it better to just pay the tickets off or go to court. In general, I just want to know what I should do in this sort of situation...
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Hello and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to assist you.

I would likely retain an attorney who can make a deal with the prosecutor that cuts the charges in exchange for pleading guilty. He can also work out sentencing and attempt to just get you community service or a reduced fine. Last, he could arrange to have your records sealed and/or expunged. I suspect you could find an attorney who could handle this for $1000 or less. If you do not have much income (for example, if you're a student), then you may qualify for a public defender.

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Hi again.

I noticed that you rated me poorly. I'd like to give you a reason to rate me higher. Do you need clarification, or did I not fully answer your question? I'll be glad to provide further help if necessary, and I'd greatly appreciate you reconsidering your rating of me.

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Customer reply replied 5 years ago


Yes, I would like more detailed advice, especially if I am going to be dealing with a public defender because sometimes they are not the best. How would I try to persaude the judge to lower my sentence or give me community service/parol? And after the court date, how many days do I have to pay my tickets by?

Hi again.

You don't persuade the judge ... you work with the prosecutor and work out a deal with him. Your attorney should do that, however, not you personally. If you have no attorney, then the prosecutor may talk to you about it. But if you have an attorney, the prosecutor won't talk with you, he'll only talk with your attorney. If you decide not to get an attorney, then you contact the prosecutor's office or speak to him when you're scheduled to appear at court. As a general rule, you have 30 days to pay a fine, but if you request more time, then the judge can give you more time on a case by case basis. You would ask for additional time at court when the judge sentences you.

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Customer reply replied 5 years ago


Yes, that does help a little more. When I go to court, will i be given a public defender there on the site or how does that work? And what are the chances of getting a better settlement?

Hi again.

I won't be able to get back to this question anytime soon, so I will opt out and allow another attorney to assist you.
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You have a choice to plead guilty or not-guilty or if you plead guilty you should be looking for some kind of deal with the prosecutor, such as a deferred judgment.

You have nothing to lose by pleading not-guilty.

You are not necessarily guaranteed a public-defender.

This will become clear on your first appearance.

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Customer reply replied 5 years ago


why am I not guranteed a public defender?

And so on my first court appearance, I just walk into court with no sort of defender to help me cut a deal then?

This will depend on the seriousness of the crime charged and your current financial position. These will both be assessed by the court before you would be granted a PD

The first appearance, the charge will be read. You can ask the judge for a public defender and the judge will explain your eligibility.

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