1. Its time to take a deep breath; you've just been ticketed or released from jail; you're on the internet looking for a solution. It's time to do your research on what you're charged with; be educated, learn the penalties and consequences, and what is required to convict you of the offense.
2. Take some time to write down your thoughts about what happened; be honest with yourself; did you break the law? Was there a misunderstanding? Denying you did something that you did does not work; if you broke the law, own it at least to yourself for now. You're going to drive yourself mad trying to defend something that you actually did; it's a mouse trap that is going to get you every time.
3. Here's the good news; it's ok to be guilty and still get a fantastic result; an outcome where you leave the case with potentially no criminal record in the long-run; you can avoid jail, keep your license, your job etc.
4. Decide if you want to lead with empathy and tell your story; if true, I am happy to share my approach; it will take too much time to type here, but I will share that with you. Call me 248-924-9458 or email me email@example.com
5. Set goals; realistic goals. A realistic goal is not "I want this to go away with an apology"; that doesn't happen. Let's be realistic; you were arrested, and you're charged with a crime, how do we get to A to Z and hit your goals.
Best practices developed from my time studying at some of the top business schools in the country.