Well, since the cases are over, it's all academic at this point, but...
Does entrapment still exist. It's an affirmative defense, meaning the defendant bears the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that they were entrapped.
Entrapment is when law enforcement officer (or their agent) engages in conduct that would cause a normally law-abiding person to commit the crime. The examples from the jury instruction on entrapment include "badgering, persuasion by flattery or...
On a first time DUI, there typically is no jail time unless they add enhancements for excessive speed or reckless driving.
Can they also charge you with the speeding? Yes, but your attorney should be able to get that dismissed in a plea deal (should it get that far).
Will they drop a first offense just because it is a first offense? Sorry - no. DUI is one of the most aggressively prosecuted and highly political charge out there.
There may be defenses or other issues, so it's worth it...
They will have to prove driving - and at the time you were under the influence. They will try to argue that because of the crash, you "must" have been under the influence. Whether they can really prove that depends on ALL the reports.
If they took your license and gave you a pink temporary license, you only have 10 days to contact the DMV and request a hearing or they will suspend your license.
If you have not been sentenced, you have to make a motion to withdraw your plea. You'll have to demonstrate "good cause". Remorse isn't good cause.
You can either request that your public defender file the motion or if you believe part of your grounds to withdraw, you'll need a different attorney.
That law firm is one of several that contract with retailers to do exactly what they're doing: send out intimidating letters to try to get you to pay money after an accusation of theft.
Their demand letter has nothing to do with criminal charges - not paying it does not mean that they criminal charges will be filed, nor does paying mean that no charges will be filed.
In reality, these firms rarely, if ever, file a civil suit. Why? Because the cost and hassle of doing so isn't worth it...
Very possibly. Your age, the relatively low dollar mount work on your favor.
First - look for an attorney. You need a good criminal defense attorney. I'd strongly suggest you find someone who focuses on criminal law and who routinely practices in the court where this case will be heard.
Second - do NOT go in for booking if the police requested you to do so.
Third - should you get a civil demand letter, don't pay it without discussing it with your lawyer. That letter may have been...
You are absolutely correct about the limitations of an "expungement". Many people think it erases it from their record, but it does not. It adds the notation you mentioned.
Having said that, yes - I would do whatever the law allows. At least for some jobs, it may no longer be an issue. Should it come up, or should you choose to disclose it affirmatively, you would at least have the ability to say it has been subsequently dismissed. If nothing, it demonstrates a responsibility on your part...