I have an arraignment on trespassing. Iwent to someone’s house and got in an argument. Guilty, not, no contest. I have no priors.

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I have an arraignment on trespassing. Iwent to someone’s house and got in an argument. Guilty, not, no contest. I have no priors.

Asked on April 15, 2009 under Criminal Law, Florida

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Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

That you have no priors is one thing, but this is is a criminal charge and if you plead guilty or no contest or are found guilty you will have a prior and possible jail time or a fine.

I have no idea of the facts or circumstances, but a good criminal defense lawyer in your locale can quickly assess the situation and evidence and give you advice and can often get the DA to drop charges or take plea bargain to reduce the charges down to something far less serious -- such as a disorderly conuct -- in such circumstances.

Even if the lawyer's fee is higher than the fine you might expect by pleading guilty, just consider what the conviction could do to your job and career prospects, your ability to earn income, and imagine what you'd be saying if you could have gotten a "bye' on this one and for some reason you were picked up again years down the road for something you did or did not do.

Our affiliate http://www.AttorneyPages.com is the place to look for a criminal defense lawyer; if you are broke and can't get your family or friends to hep cover the cost of a good private lawyer, at least go to the public defender.


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