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Posted almost 2 years ago.

I will probably end up doing so for the dol part of it, but as far as my araignment hearing, will I be ok without a private attorney? I don't even know what an araignment hearing is, I have never been in trouble

Christopher A Swaby
Christopher A Swaby, Criminal Defense Attorney - Seattle, WA
Posted almost 2 years ago.

Ah. Arraignment is the hearing at which you will receive the formal charges. You will be entering a plea of "not guilty," regardless of actual guilt, because this is just the start of the process. A public defender is more than capable of representing you at such a hearing. You will then get a date for your next hearing and you can ask that it be set out long enough to give you time to hire private counsel (who may include the DoL part in the fee for the criminal charge).

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Posted almost 2 years ago.

So will my license be suspended for that time inbeteeen..? I drive to south center everyday for work so I don't know what I am going to do.

Christopher A Swaby
Christopher A Swaby, Criminal Defense Attorney - Seattle, WA
Posted almost 2 years ago.

No. Your license wont be suspended immediately, as you are innocent until proven guilty, whether after a trial or guilty plea. If you are found guilty, there will be a mandatory period of suspension but you can ask for a limited permission to drive to go to work. Your attorney can describe how to get such permission in greater detail.

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Posted almost 2 years ago.

Ok thank you, as far as getting a public defender should I call and try to get one before Friday or wait for the court to appoint me one?

Christopher A Swaby
Christopher A Swaby, Criminal Defense Attorney - Seattle, WA
Posted almost 2 years ago.

I dont know how it works in your county. Typically an attorney is appointed to you in court at arraignment in district court. In some district courts, the judge or commissioner enters a "not guilty" plea for everyone appearing that day and the defendants sign up for appointed counsel. It couldnt hurt to contact the local public defender to learn if your case has been assigned.