I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
In court, the judge will explain the charges against you, and you have the ability to enter a plea. Most people at this stage plead not guilty and request a trial, because that buys time to get copies of all the evidence against them and to decide whether to try to negotiate a plea bargain. If you have a lawyer, they will almost always enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf at this hearing. . Obstruction of official business can be charged as either a second degree misdemeanor or a felony, depending on whether there was a risk of injury. Ohio Rev. Code, Section 2921.31. The judge will tell you which you're charged with, if it doesn't say on your paperwork.
If there is ANY possibility that the DA will ask for jail time, no matter how remote, you have a right to have a lawyer appointed if you cannot afford one. The judge will do that at the first hearing. You can also request a continuance to hire a lawyer if you can afford one but prefer to attend the first hearing without one. Usually, with a second degree misdemeanor, the district attorney will state on the record that they're not seeking jail time. Having that information will help you decide your next step.
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