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This depends on the severity of the charges, although it will obviously be worse if they ended up in front of the same judge in the same court. Sometimes, if the person had entered a plea, the court will have no discretion regarding what they can do with them and the situation may possibly get worse, particularly if the person was beating people up. They may go to prison for a felony.
Assault charges can never be expunged and even if they were able to get it set aside, there are situations in which someone else can see that they had been charged at some time. People mostly think that, when they get it set aside, they will be able to get it expunged.
In such a case, the prosecutor may possibly offer that person a diversion, although, if they pled to the court, they may end up doing anything ranging from doing nothing at all, to spending time in jail and a fine, so it depends on what they did and what prompted it, as well as what they had done since then and typically whether or not they had ever been in trouble before.
That will depend on many things, including the court. Often, the person’s attorney will go to court on behalf of their client so the client doesn’t have to go to court, so they may only have to go to court once, at the end of the plea. It will depend on the plea and what the person will be doing, such as diversion, or if they have to go back; the court may want them to come one time or they may ask them to come back five times; it depends on what’s going on the case. In assault cases, I usually attend most court dates without my clients, but they are there for the important hearings like the trial.
Whether they should do one or the other depends on a few things. Typically if the person did it and the victim will cooperate, the person may want to take responsibility, although that will depend on things such as whether they were provoked, whether the victim will show up and other factors; most of these things are affected by circumstances that vary from case to case; it all depends on the facts.
This would depend on whether or not someone has been in trouble before, the severity of the case and all sorts of things. People can often get something called “diversion,” in which the case is dismissed after they have completed classes. Probation happens if the person is convicted or pled guilty, and that would be likely to depend on the facts; I have seen people go to jail for a first offense and then get out on probation from there.
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