Do you need representation when attending a court hearing for selling alcohol to a minor?

My daughter recently got a ticket for selling to a minor at her work. She has to attend a

hearing. Does she necessarily need a lawyer with her?

Asked on May 25, 2016 under Criminal Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Legally, you do not "need" an attorney; you are allowed to represent yourself. But having a lawyer will increase the chances of having the charges dismissed or reduced, or a lesser punishment being imposed. If she can afford it, your daughter is advised to retain an attorney.

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