Most courts have diversion programs for this kind of offense. It usually involves some educational courses about the dangers of this kind of conduct. Once completed a court may require you to stay out of trouble for six months or a year then dismiss the case. A lawyer familiar with the Van Nuys Court will know all of the alternatives. You want to get yourself a local lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the Van Nuys court.
Don't be discouraged I think with some effort you'll be able to work something out where your record will be cleaned up through a diversion program or some other arrangement.
If you can afford a lawyer then you should get one. If not address this issue with the public defender who will be appointed on your case.
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Diversion programs are available in most courthouses for other non-drug offenses. It all depends on your attorney and the DA and the negotiations between them. Depending on the facts of your case, the DA may or may not agree with it. again it all comes down to negotiations.
Sharon Paris Babakhan
I regularly handle 647(b) cases out of VN. No diversion programs, but other solutions if handled properly. Call me if you'd like to discuss.
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I have handled many cases in Van Nuys. Although diversion may not be an option for this charge, there are many other alternatives. I wish you the best.
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