So, I get to go in for an arraignment on Friday because I misread the ID of a minor during a Sting (I work at a Wine Shop). The court is in Redmond, WA.
My wife and I make "too much" money to get a public defender in King County, but we don't have enough money to properly hire a lawyer, and I was wondering what my capacity to appeal to the courts for leniency on the grounds that my act was borne of carelessness and not willful misconduct.
I am an honor student at UW.
The worst thing on my record is a speeding ticket, and even that was about 9 years ago in another state.
I have been commended officially for limiting the sale of tobacco to minors in the same store.
The sting occurred about 15 minutes to close, when I was by myself in the store, and there were at least 2 other shoppers that I was trying to help.
Basically, I just need to make sure that I can minimize the financial hit I take from this, and that it doesn;t screw up my ability to graduate in March.
Any guidance would be appreciated.