For a 1st time offender, what happens when I appear in court?

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For a 1st time offender, what happens when I appear in court?

1st time petty theft under $35 and possession of drug paraphernalia. Do I need a lawyer?

Asked on October 8, 2019 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Yes, you should have a lawyer: you are facing charges for which you could ber imprisoned (jail time).
The first appearance is just a chance to either plead gulty or not guilty. The prosecutor may offer you some deal or plea--which you will be better able to evaluate with an attonrey's help. If you don't plead guilty--i.e. if you plead not guilty--later dates for proceedings will be set, but nothing else will happen that day.


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