A: You should have an attorney representing you. If you're convicted, it would be a permanent criminal conviction. If you have a clean record, you are probably eligible for the first offender program. The first offender program is like probation, but if you successfully complete the program, the charge gets dismissed so you don't have a permanent criminal conviction on your record.
A: You will want to consult with an attorney. Some courts that I practice in will continue this without entering a plea and dismiss the case. This is better than the first offender program but even that is better than a conviction.
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