Unfortunately, if you plead guilty, or you are found guilty at trial in Colorado of any criminal charge, you will be unable to ever seal or expunge your arrest record. The best you will be able to do is possibly "correct" your arrest record with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Colorado DMV has sole jurisdiction over your privilege to drive in Colorado. Illinois will have the same once you drive there. DMV laws in each state are very complex and very different. So the best advice I can give is to contact the DMV in Illinois and speak to them, or speak to an Illinois DUI attorney who knows the state law there.
As for your probationary terms of community service and alcohol classes, you need to check with your probation officer and seek permission from them and the...
Each judge is different, so chances are you will not be ordered to jail with the facts you provided, but you are probably looking at 18 months probation with strict terms and condition, suspended jail, including community service, alcohol evaluation and treatment, a victim impact panel to name a few.
For more information, see the Sunday Denver Post Newspaper from August 9, where the papaer quoted me describing such penalties.
Also, keep in mind that DMV will automatically revoke your...
There's no way a lawyer who is not familiar with the intimate facts and issues with your case can ever predict what will happen. If you already have a lawyer hopefully you have enough confidence in him or her to solicit their opinion. If you don't have any confidence in them, then it might be time to find another lawyer.
Every state has an electronic criminal database. In Colorado, for instance, our state bureau of investigation (CBI) maintains the state database and the FBI maintains it at the national level. In Colorado, as long as we have a name and a DOB we can check anyone's criminal history online for a small fee. Since I am not familair with California I cannot say whether or not you have the same ability. Check with your state bureau of investigations.
Unless your state has a statute which allows for such "similairs" (crimes) to be used for the purposes of showing that you have a propensity for alcohol use, then no it cannot be used against you unless you go to a sentencing hearing. If you are sentenced then yes, a judge could consider your prior alcohol violation as an aggravator for the purposes of sentencing you on the DUI.
If that is all you want to do and you know you want to just plead guilty without speaking to an attorney first, then you can certainly do that. But first, I would suggest you have a qualifed person (a good attorney) explain all of the ramifications for you if you plead guilty. Many people later regret pleading guilty after they realize all of the ways a DUI can affect your life and your driving privileges. For instance, you can go to my legal guide and see the 70 ways a DUI can affect you in...
Only a qualified DUI attorney can tell you whether or not this was a valid arrest and how weak or strong the overall case may be. To do that properly, an attorney will need sufficient time to fully investigate the facts surrounding this case.
Frankly trying to tell a judge that it was probation's fault for not contacting you is probably not an excuse that will help you avoid jail. It is a stated, implied, and commonly understood requirement that a probationer must stay in touch with their probation officer. Now, what you can do is get ahold of your P.O. fast and try to get back on track quick. The quicker the better.