The court should appoint you a public defender to represent you if you can not afford an attorney. If you choose after speaking with your attorney you have the right to challenge the case and go to trial. If you were to be found not guilty then the case will be sealed as if it never happened. Another alternative is to plead not guilty and discuss with your attorney your rights as it they pertain to a disposition with regard to youthful offender status. Another alternative may be an ACD....
While some cases can be resolved quickly, you do not always get the best result by doing so. The attorney you have representing you can contact the prosecutor to try to work out a resolution for the next date. There are many issues and facts that go into resolving cases so please communicate with your attorney to get your priorities conveyed.
With a first arrest for shoplifting the prosecutor is likely to offer you an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACOD). This is not a guilty plea and you will not get a criminal record. You will not go to jail. You will be required to do an awareness class. You should be eligible for representation by legal aid. If you want to fight the charges your attorney can request a copy of the video however, if you are going to be offered the ACOD and accept it then you will not likely get...
Failing or testing positive for alcohol through the ignition interlock device can result in a violation of your conditional discharge. If there is any chance of an error in the reading you should have the unit serviced to establish the error. Otherwise you should contact your attorney and discuss this matter with them.
You should, with out question consult with and ultimately retain an attorney. It is very important that you are comfortable with the attorney that represents you. So seek out a few attorneys and find one that you can work with.
As far a second DWI in New York. The new case is an indictable offense. You have a significant amount of rights that need to be protected.
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The judge will probably not allow you to go unrepresented. However, if you do not have an attorney then you would have to represent yourself or the judge may assign a lawyer to represent you. While the worst that will happen is not the most likely thing to happen. If you were to plead guilty or are found guilty after trial the worst that will happen is 15 days jail. The most likely thing to happen is a conditional discharge, fine, community service and a surcharge to be paid to the court....