This is a tough one in Ocean City--the judge there is very harsh. You may have to end up taking a plea, hope you get Probation Before Judgment (allows you to expunge after 3 years). If not, you will likely end up appealing to the Circuit Court, where they will care a lot less about this charge.
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Hire a lawyer and take the matter to trial or try to see if the judge will give you an indicated sentence on an open plea.
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You should contact an attorney. If you cannot afford a private attorney, contact the public defender. An attorney can help make sure that you achieve the best possible result. You do not want something like this on your record for future employers to see.
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