Local Police placed false ads on Craigslist, communicated with me for several days and arrested me when I tried to meet them to purchase. I have a court date in a few weeks and would like to know what to expect.
The police told me that since I have never been arrested I might expect probation and a fine.
Sounds to me like you might have some potential defenses here. Also, never take legal advice of any kind from a cop. Since this is your first offense, an experienced criminal defense attorney can likely achieve a result for you that will result in dismissal (I assume this is a Cook County case?). Probation would be a conviction and you don't want that. You should obtain a consultation. Most of us provide that at no cost. www.galivanlaw.net
I agree with the "never take advice from a cop" part. I'm not sure why people who are arrested by the police expect to get good information from them.
If you haven't even been to court yet, the best way to figure out what you might "expect" would be to sit down and have a consultation or two with a defense attorney.
I have my doubts about the strength of their case, but if you plead guilty it would result in a fine and a non-conviction called court supervision, in my opinion.
Every case varies depending on the law and the facts. Because questions often fail to disclose important facts, these 'answers' cannot and should not be relied upon as a replacement for a full or complete review of an actual case by a retained attorney. It is axiomatic that one only 'gets what they pay for', and this is one of those situations where such a phrase generally applies.
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