You need a lawyer. If you are indigent the court will assign you a public defender.
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Having a lawyer will help you. If you qualify, then court may assign you a free lawyer. If you do not qualify, then hire one.
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There should be no reason to have a record based on this one transgression. Make sure you appear in court on the date your received. If you do not have an attorney, the court will most likely appoint one for you. It is possible that you may receive an offer of an ACOD with community service. ACOD stands for adjournment in contemplation of dismissal and it means the case would be dismissed and sealed within six months of it being granted. Good luck.
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If you plead guilty, why would the case be dismissed? If you plead you will be convicted. If you cannot afford an attorney, you can be assigned a public defender. Good Luck.
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