Character references could be highly useful when attempting to mitigate a charge. A lot of it really depends on the prosecutor, as he/she is the one who has the power to reduce the charge. Some prosecutors may give your references more weight than others; however, I'm from the school of thought that if it can't hurt your case, then you should use it to try to benefit the case. The worse thing that happens is the prosecutor doesn't give the references much weight....no harm, no foul.
Of course, the actual evidence (strengths and/or weaknesses), as well as the charge against you, will also play a factor in your chances at receiving either a reduced charge or a stay of adjudication.
It appears that you plan on meeting with an attorney, which is a good thing. Although you are able to represent yourself, it is never advised.
I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving,
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Generally letters of support can slightly helpful, but it is important to come up with a stronger defense than that. A clean record is valuable. In the past I have had much success in helping people charged with their first misdemeanor, keep their record clean. See links below for more.
Character references have VERY LITTLE impact on a prosecutor's des cision to offer a plea deal in most instrances. They canbe used if ythere is a conviction and if a Judge is considering a sentence.
When negotiating a plea, it is critical to know the elements required for a conviction and whether there is evidence that can be effectively challenged. Additionally, issues such as haveing a clean record is hghelpful. You should always hire experience legal counsel ins such matters.
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