Due to your lack of prior criminal history, you may be able to get an ACD, a lesser charge, or an outright dismissal. However, it is not recommended that you try without an attorney. At your appearance, you have the right to request an adjournment in order to seek legal counsel.
You would be well-served to discuss your dilemma with a New York criminal defense attorney in a confidential forum immediately thereafter.
Consult a local criminal defense lawyer. If you are indigent the court will assign you a public defender.
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You will be eligible for an ACD. Consult an attorney, and if you are indigent, inform the court at your arraignment and request assigned counsel.
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I handle these cases and an ACD is very possible with a good lawyer. Check out my website and Avvo rating and reviews. The fee would be very low as it would only be a few appearances.
John J. Carney Esq. 917 696 2363