Whenever any person who is charged with the commission of a misdemeanor punishable
by a fine shall be outside the confines of this state, the defendant may, with the
approval of a judge of the district court for the division in which the complaint
may be pending, or with the approval of the justice of the superior court in charge
of criminal appeals if the cause is pending on appeal before the superior court, by
instrument in writing and duly acknowledged before an appropriate officer, authorize
his or her attorney of record to appear in open court and enter on his or her behalf
a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, and to pay the fine that may be assessed by the
court, together with the costs of prosecution, if any, that may be assessed by the
court. Every written authorization shall be filed with the clerk of the court, and shall
be retained by the clerk, together with the original complaint, as a portion of the
record of the case.
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