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Hi, My name is Philip. I am an attorney with over 16 years experience. Hopefully I can help you with your legal question.
A few minutes please, I have some thoughts and will type them up.
What you are describing, with no prior criminal convictions, and this minor misdemeanor charge? I would show up at the arraignment (the date that they have you set to appear). Once there, the prosecutor will contact you (before you speak to the judge) with the "deal". They will offer a plea deal to encourage you to plea guilty. Most likely they will offer some combination of probation and fine. If you are ok with the deal? Take it, move on.If not? Then you enter a plea of not guilty and tell the judge you want to get an attorney...the judge will allow you time to do this. The prosecutor will likely offer a deal that will only mildly inconvenience you...but if they offer something that you are not comfortable with? Hiring a lawyer is a good idea.One more thought...if MAY be worth hiring a lawyer now...IF you do, they (the lawyer) can engage with the prosecutor before the hearing to see if they will dismiss...with no priors, this is possible. Though if the prosector refuses (and they have full discretion) the deal you get will likely be similar to what you would have gotten without hiring a lawyer. So a bit of a risk...but if you want to avoid the conviction money well spent. Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.
Yea...they are "mitigating" (so they make the crime less serious)...but will not impact if you show up with no lawyer.This is something you hire the lawyer for...so they can go to the prosecutor and share the evidence up front. And I see Tomorrow is the date...I missed that earlier. Show up and see what they offer...it may be they offer a really good deal like "deferred adjudication" so that you avoid the conviction.
I understand jail is possible. But it is NOT going to happen...not with no priors and certainly not if you plea. Show up in your Sunday best, be respectful and professional with the prosecutor and I bet you leave tomorrow with a slap on the wrist.
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