Often a qualified lawyer, such as any from my firm, can get this charge dismissed and removed. Therefore, you would be eligible to have it expunged later.
Call our office at least 2 weeks prior to your courtdate to discuss your options.
I concur with the other attorney's responses here. You should get this charge expunged from your record.
While you techinally don't need an attorney for an expungement, I've found it's often very helpful to have one, especially a local attorney that knows the process. Each courthouse is different, and a knowledgeable and skilled attorney is well worth the price for the expungement.
Did you get an accident report? Did you note who was the store manager and have him sign something saying they are at fault? Did you take pictures of the scene and the incident? Did you call the police? Did you call for an ambulance?
We need to know what happened to answer your question.
A good criminal defense attorney can get your case thrown out, or reduced to something minor like Reckless Driving with no jail time.
As you're charged now, this DUI with a .29 BAC is looking at serious jail time with mandatory minimums. Plus many other issues, ignition interlock, asap, etc.
I would highly recommend you contact and retain a criminal defense attorney. If you can't afford one, then you can at least try to ask for a court appointed attorney.
However, with your BAC at 0....
I agree with the other attorneys. Some cases can be settled for small ammounts, others larger. There used to be a rule of thumb (multiply the damages in a case by factor x and you get a good result). However, now the law is so complex and complicated that you need to speak to a qualified attorney about this case.
Also a good test for a lawyer in this area is to have them explain to you the case of McAfee v. Boczar - which just came down a week ago. If they don't know the case, or haven'...