This happened this past weekend during St.Patty's day. I have no priors. I am a part time masters student and also have a full time job as a civil engineer.
You should get an experienced criminal defense attorney any time you are charged with a crime. The wrong disposition can adversely affect your future. Assuming this is a Cook County case, you will not likely be sentenced to jail, although under the law a Class A misdemenaor is punishable by up to a year in jail. But avoiding jail is not the only important matter; avoiding a conviction is. An experienced attorney can carefully examine the state's case and exploit any weaknesses in plea discussions with the state or assert viable defenses in court. A capable attorney should be able to secure supervision for you, thus avoiding a conviction and rendering the arrest eligible for expungement. You should obtain a free consultation. www.galivanlaw.net
Although both a minor Misdemeanors in Illinois, yet, a prudent approach is to retain a criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the local courts and procedure to address your legal defense with the intent to complete your case with the least adverse effect on your life.
For instance, a good approach would be to avoid a conviction and expunge the criminal record in connection to this incident not to create any future impediment to your career choices.
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If I were you I would contact an attorney and retain one prior to your first court appearance. It is highly unlikely that you will go to jail if you are found guilty or plead guilty. You need to have competent attorney who can help you defend the case or get an outcome that after some time will not remain on your criminal record.
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