An good local experienced attorney should be able to at least minimize the additional penalties that you will be facing because of the high BAC; potentially saving you a lot of money and time. Check around and see what clients are saying about their attorneys as that can be a good indicator if the attorney is someone you can trust, and who really helps out his clients. AVVO and YELP are 2 good social media sites where clients can write in uncensored reviews of what they think about their...
You don't say if this is only a property damage claim, in which case you might not even need an attorney, or if it is a situation where there were also injuries. If it is a straight property damage case you shouldn't have a problem finding a local attorney who can assist you with recovering your property damage.
It clearly sounds like you have some "issue" with alcohol. If I were your attorney, to minimize or eliminate any potential jail time I would suggest that you immediately (if you haven't done so already) begin counseling/treatment/therapy to address your alcohol consumption issue. By doing that it will assist your attorney in minimizing that potential for jail time.
It might make the prosecutions case a bit more difficult to prove. However, to get the best answer to this question you really need to sit down with your attorney, since they know what ALL the evidence is that the prosecutor has. They should be able to give you a pretty good idea of what will happen if the victim doesn't show. Good luck
Yes you do. If you want to receive fair and just compensation and not have to deal with the insurance company fighting you and attempting to get you to settle for basically nothing an attorney will make the whole process Smoother and much easier and gain for you a much higher recovery amount. You want one who has years of experience in dealing with insurance companies in bicycle versus car Crashes. Most of us here on AVVO offer a free consultation and you should meet with a few and hire the one...
In general there would have to be some showing of negligence or gross negligence on the part of the officer who is doing the driving. This is something that you should discuss in person with a local personal injury attorney.
Yes, in addition to all out of pocket expenses (like medical bills, lost wages) you are entitled to pain and suffering. You might want to consult with a local personal injury attorney who is familiar with the auto accident laws, and who knows how to deal with insurance companies who will try and lowball you.
The other attorneys all gave you good info. My advice is as some have stated, don't drive without insurance. California law limits the recovery of drivers in accidents if they don't carry insurance. Fortunately this may not apply to your children. You need to consult with an attorney.
If you've already been released on bail, then there is no need for your attorney to argue for release OR - you are already out. You do need to be aware, and your attorney should discuss this with you, that at the time of your arraignment the prosecutor can ask that the bail amount be increased. Having an experience attorney at your side, especially since you are facing felony charges should be your top priority right now. The right attorney can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.
Yes you can go ahead and start the classes. The program is called the first conviction program. It is typically 12 hours of classes over a three-month timeframe. If you do end up with a wet reckless there should not be any community service.