DUI cases often raise any number of issues regarding possible defenses. Your posting raises a number of them. You would be well advised to sit down with one or more attorneys to discuss how they would deal with the various issues that are presented in your case.
Your understanding is dangerously incorrect. Just because you completed all of the terms and conditions of probation, does not automatically terminate your obligation to list the conviction. You should not have put "no" on your application, because your conviction is still on your record.
At this point, you need to initiate the process to quickly expunge the conviction so as to advise the school and other potential employers that it is in process of being removed.
I am going to concur in speculating that law enforcement has not yet gotten involved nor that any criminal charges will be filed. I am going to concur also in suggesting a calm discussion with your boyfriend's dad to explain to him that you did not do it.
Both private attorneys and public defenders have all received the same training and licenses and are held to the same standards in their representation of their clients. However, one of the major differences is that the PD is financed through the state which unfortunately often results in their being overworked and underpaid.
The arresting officer and/or the prosecuting agency has the discretion to charge it either as a misdemeanor or an infraction. And the Court, along with the prosecutor have the discretion to allow a plea either way. Do not let it worry you, as many cases are worded and handled under these same circumstances.
Clearly, representation is essential whenever criminal charges are filed, including one such as this. And, of course, as indicated, if you can't afford to retain counsel, counsel will be appointed for you.
At your first appearance at the arraignment , your attorney will advise you how to plead. That will most likely be a plea of not guilty, unless an offer is made that your attorney feels is appropriate to plead to.
OK, first, this may be difficult advice to follow but try to take yourself out of a panic state. People tend to make less than ideal decisions when they are in a panic mode.
Second, accept the fact that connecting up with a reliable attorney on the weekend could predictably, be somewhat difficult.
Third, realize that that his appearance at his arraignment does not represent any type of a deadline that you need to adhere to for the purpose of retaining counsel for your dad. The...
If you are sensing that you may have selected the wrong attorney to represent your wife, then by all means, without delay, seek out a couple of second opinions from experienced criminal defense attorneys in your local area. There is far too much at state here.
1. The public defender is not available just because you want to avoid lawyer fees, as you say. There are eligibility requirements based upon financial need that will be determined on the day of your first appearance.
2. If you not planning on retaining private counsel, you should address these concerns to your appointed public defender. They will be able to properly advise you.
3. You will likely be put on probation, but again, you should address this issue with your appointed...