I was charged with mischief under $5000.00 last night. Although I am fairly certain that the charge isn't particularily serious, I was wondering how easy it would be for a court-appointed lawyer to get me out of having a criminal record. I know of two people who got out of getting one and only had to do 25 hours of community service, but they hired a lawyer and paid around $500. Since I don't have that kind of money, I am looking for some writer's legal advice. Not trying to be annoying, but any help would be vastly appreciated. Some of you had to have been fucked over in the same way.