If I got a ticket for public urination but was not arrested, should I get a lawyer or just show up and payat my court date?

Asked on November 28, 2011 under Criminal Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you an afford an attorney, it's always better to have one. The lawyer may be able to get the ticket dismissed--either by showing that there was something improper about it, or by negotiating with the prosecutor, whom the attorney will know professionally and have appeared before previoiusly (if he/she's an experienced lawyer), so as to avoid having a public record of it.

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