Actually, you can plead no contest. That's like saying, "I'm not saying I'm. Guilty, but I'm not fighting it either." This allows you to get a deferred disposition, which results in a dismissal. As long as you do this, you will be able to go back later and completely expunge the case from your record.
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I agree with Ms. Jaggers. You should be able to handle this in a manner in which you can get if off of your record later. You may want to discuss it with a local attorney, someone familiar with the protocol in your area, that can maybe help you through it.
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A 16 year old is a juvenile. IMHO this questioner should consult a juvenile defense lawyer before proceeding to a plea.
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