What to do about a possible misdemeanor?

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What to do about a possible misdemeanor?

At a bar, the owner said that he saw me peeing in a patio corner and asked me to leave. I went outside to the sidewalk and stayed trying to get my friends’ attention who were inside. A cop car showed up and the officer wrote out either a notice of trespass warning or a trespass citation; I lost the form. I was not arrested. I spoke with the owner the next day and he said I was just being stupid, that I was welcome back, and that he would ask the DA to dismiss any charges. I have been getting conflicting information from the police. Some say to just not return and I’ll be fine, while some say I should expect a court date for misdemeanor trespass. I have no criminal record. How worried should I be of charges being filed? If so, will they plead down to an infraction?

Asked on August 12, 2013 under Criminal Law, California

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Based upon the uncertainty that you have written about regarding the bar situation I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney to look into the situation further to see if a criminal charge has been filed against you or not. You can find such an attorney in your locality through attorneypages.com.


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