I made a poor judgement call with someone I didn't know well and went shopping with what I thought was a fake ssn. I was wrong.
This is my first arrest. I feel so bad and I'm really scarred.
I have my 2ed court date this Friday.
I already have my first appearance where I pled not guilty.
I got charged with:
2c: 21-2. 1c
What does this all mean?
What am I facing?
Can I avoid jail time?
Before your next court date consult with and retain an attorney. You may get a new date for your attorney to obtain discovery. Because you have a clean record you may be eligible for a diversionary program, but there may also be defenses to these charges. Talk to an attorney sooner rather than later.
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I agree with my colleague. You might be eligible for PTI or another diversionary program. Hire a lawyer immediately.
To the extent you are able get a NJ attorney who has years of criminal law experience. You will pay a lot of money but well worth it the long term. Trust me. Good luck
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It means you need to hire a lawyer because these chargeshave serious consequences besides just jail.
It is always possible to stay out of jail even with a murder case if you have some luck, have the right defense and the right lawyer. So can you stay out of jail maybe. Will you stay out of jail is always the million dollar question and since you have multiple charges we would need to know if they, the amount alleged to have been charged, when it was charged as they charges for separate days or all part of one transaction etc, etc, You should never speak about a case over the internet as anything said here can be used against you in court. I suggest you setup an in person consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney to see what your best options are and what are your chances of getting what you want. Most of us criminal defense attorneys offer a free in office consultation, I suggest you set one up ASAP.
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More information is needed. They are all 3rd and 4th degrees unless I missed one. On a first offense in Essex it will be how many times and transactions you pulled. If all on transaction jail is unlikely, in fact no record would be more likely if handled by an experienced criminal defense attorney. But if this is a series of transactions the State will look at it differently. You still need that attorney. I would also adjust your ajtitude toward this.It was not poor judgment. It was criminal and the State will view it as such and not an oops.
First bit of advice, you do not want to go on social media and admit guilt. Second, you should speak to an attorney to discuss this in greater detail. Most attorneys offer free consultations. Best of luck
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