I agree with my colleagues that, if you have not already posted bail, the judge will likely continue your OR release provided you appear in court on time. It is unlikely you will get an outright dismissal without an attorney. However, the public defender (if you qualify and depending on any previous arrests) is intimately familiar with the procedures in the court and can usually help with a reduction just the same as private counsel. Plan on spending the good part of the day in court (at least the morning) and ask for a public defender. If you don’t qualify and/or don’t like any plea bargain offered, you can always as for a continuance to obtain private counsel. Good luck.
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With or without an attorney it is an uphill battle to have the matter dismissed or reduced to an infraction, but your chances increase dramatically with an attorney. You should plea not guilty and ask for OR for bail. OR is typically granted in your situation. I wish you the best.
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You should be aware that there are forms of trespassing involving a vehicle. I agree that the Judge might OR you but the chances of that happening go up dramatically with an attorney present to represent you. Consult with and retain an attorney to review your facts and determine the best course of action. Good luck.
A Judge is not likely to ask you to post bail.
Seth Weinstein, Esq.
Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney
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That is a ridiculous charge given the facts. It SHOULD get dismissed, at least I wouldn't plead guilty or no contest to this charge, I would fight it. You should be eligible for release on your own recognizance on such a minor charge. You should not have to post bail.Ask a similar question