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Good morning. Do you know why the citation was not issued at the time? Does she want to fight this? Also, what is your legal question?
Thank you. Yes, it is always best to retain legal counsel. However, she does not need one for when she meets the officer. When she meets him, she does not have to speak about the incident or admit to anything. She can simply pick up the citation and then go retain legal counsel. Of course, she needs to decide if she wants to fight this or resolve it. For a first time offender, there is likely a diversion program she can enter into, to get the case dismissed. That may be in her best interest, to make sure her record stays clean. At the same time, if the attorney reviews the facts of her case and she has defenses, she may want to take it to trial. In addition, she needs to be aware that the school may find out about this and if they do, she may have to take required classes by them.
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