You need to speak with an experienced local DUI attorney right away. There are legal requirements that police must follow in conducting a traffic stop and DUI investigation. If the roadside tests weren't administered properly, that will benefit your case. Even if they were performed according to standards, many times the reliability of the tests can be challenged at trial. Once you hire an attorney, he or she can ask for "discovery" which should include not only police reports but also the...
Generally speaking, the sooner you hire a lawyer, the better it is for you. As my colleague stated, if you cannot afford an attorney, you will be entitled to a public defender. But, it makes it much more difficult for an attorney to get a good result if he or she has to jump in in the middle of a case, rather than having it from the start.
You need to consult with several attorneys in a confidential setting to determine who is the best for you and your case. Some public defenders are great. But, ordinarily a public defender is assigned to you case, meaning you don't get to choose which public defender you get. Also, public defenders have large case loads, meaning they might not have the time to dedicate to an individual case. Most attorneys will provide a free initial consultation to discuss their services. Do not discuss...
The State has the burden of proof in all criminal cases, meaning they must prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt. It is important to retain an attorney who can obtain any police reports, witness statements and evidence and give you a professional opinion regarding the state of the evidence. Just because the State may not have an eyewitness doesn't mean they don't have a case. Hire a knowledgeable local attorney right away.
It is difficult to know with the information provided. However, it is possible. You should consult immediately with your attorney in the Utah case. You should also get a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to help you manage the Nevada case. Working together, hopefully these two attorneys can assist you in resolving the two issues favorably. Most attorneys do free consultations, so you can interview several and find one that meets your needs. Good luck with your case.
Police frequently charge the wrong person in domestic violence situations. Then, the "victims" are not allowed to drop the charges. If you truly cannot afford a lawyer, you can ask the Court to appoint a public defender. Do not talk to anyone about this until you have had a chance to discuss it with your lawyer.
I agree with my colleagues. While court has power over the parties and can order them to comply, a complaining witness is not considered a party to a criminal action. Therefore, the court does not have the power to require them to appear, except within the bounds of a subpoena.
If your fiancé has been in custody for that length of time without a court hearing, you need to contact a criminal defense lawyer right away. A defendant is entitled to appear before the Court promptly upon arrest, usually within 48-72 hours. Therefore, if he has been in custody for 37 days without appearing in court, something is wrong or there is information missing.
There are many factors to consider in determine whether probation will be granted, including personal characteristics and background as well as the nature of the office. You would be wise to consult privately and confidentially with a criminal defense attorney in your area.