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Forum Post: So what is the average penalty for disorderly conduct, should I plead guilty

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 2, 2012, 12:57 p.m. EST by SapphireSun (9) from New Haven, CT
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So last night during the march I joined the legions of Occupy arrestees. As most people I was given disorderly conduct. My question is what is the average penalty they're given out for these. Also should I just plead guilty. I know I should plead not guilty given the charge but the issue is I really can't afford to keep going back to NYC, literally can't do it. I heard if you plead not guilty you have to go back to court the next day right off the bat, that'd be over $80 at the least in just 2 days, coupled with whatever fine they give me for this. I don't want to plead guilty but it seems the better option than having an arrest warrant out in the state of New York over not being able to get to court over a simple violation.

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[-] 1 points by JamesS89118 (646) from Las Vegas, NV 2 years ago

Never plead guilty till you have representation that has advised it.

Then you can sue the rep lol. Seriously, get a court appointed lawyer.

The game most are playing right this moment is NYC can not possibly hold a trial for every sap they pluck so folks plead 'Not guilty' and hope the system forgets about them as an individual.

There's all kinds of tricks, loops and holes that 200+ years of precedents have created that only lawyers know about.

Lastly, unless you have five hours of life left you will not want anything on your record for the next 60+ years you are alive.

Get the court lawyer asap. Do NOT do this on your own. You are a number and every shithead wants a win even at the cost of your life. You think bankers are bad?

You are entering real America now, and you have zero experience, little knowledge and no idea.

You could end up black.

OMG, your not a New Yorker? Fuck 'em. No problem. Totally different if living out-of-state. NYC will file this away for the day you showup AND fuckup, but it has to be both and in NYC.

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