Not likely, but you might at least consult with an attorney in your area. Many attorneys offer free consultations and ethical ones will tell you whether you really need an attorney or not.
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Consult with an attorney in your jurisdiction.
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You should contact an attorney to determine your options. Some counties have diversion programs where you can do community service and then the charged will not be prosecuted. If the charge is nolle prossed (not prosecuted), then you are eligible for immediate expungement. If you are a college student and the party was at a dorm, the college may be contacted by the police and could take disciplinary action against you.
If you contact me, I would be happy to discuss this in more detail.
If you are scheduled at the District Court for North Avenue, courtroom 7, then that is Early Disposition Court. While you probably don't need a lawyer, if you can't agree to a deal there (typically some form of community service or the state will just drop it) then they will reschedule the case for trial. Then you probably need a lawyer.
There can be serious consequences of a finding against you. Consider whether you know the law, procedure, rules of evidence, prosecutor, and the judge well enough to risk having a record that might cause employers, landlords, and lenders to not want to do business with you in the future. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to go to trial. Consider seeking a confidential consultation.
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