I have never been in trouble before. I was at a bar and was standing outside. I was asked to leave but my keys where inside. While I was waiting for them I was arrested for criminal trespassing. How should I plead?
How you should plead can only be made with full consultation with an experienced attorney after all discovery has been tendered by the State. Only then can you really know how to plead. Remember you are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
It looks like you may have both a valid defense and would be a potentially good candidate for a Pre-Trial Diversion program. A good local lawyer will be able to assit you in evaluating your case and informing you of the various programs the local courts will offer. Valdosta is a good sized city and there are numerous solid practitioners that will be very happy to sit down with you and explain your options. The most important thing to keep in mind is your long term horizon. Minimizing the entries on your criminal record is an important issue when it comes to future employment and you should look towards a disposition that included eligibility for an expungement. Good luck.
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You should plead not guilty. Based on the facts that you have given you may have a valid defense. But after you plead not guilty, you should hire an attorney. There are some good defenses available under the trespassing statute that an attorney can use on your behalf. My office is 20 minutes from Valdosta and I practice down there often. If you haven't hired anyone yet I'd be glad to help, 229-896-5295.
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