Thanks for your question. You should repost in Arizona.
I am not qualified to answer legal questions in your state. However, if this case was in California, I would be very confident that I would be able to obtain an excellent result, possibly a dismissal of the case.
Best of luck!
Respectfully, you are asking us to second guess your attorney. It is an understandable desire, but I am not going to do that.
It does seem that much of this situation comes down to money. If you can afford the expense of taking the case to trial, you have a chance of beating the charges.
There are many defenses that are available in a DUI case. You should retain an experienced California DUI attorney. A fourth DUI conviction is extremely seriously, and the case could be beatable, especially in light of the .08% BAC.
You have the right attitude, that's more than I can say for a lot of people out there.
If worse comes to worse, go to the criminal clerks office and try to get them to add your case on the calendar. If they don't understand what you are asking for or won't do it, try the public defenders office. If they won't help you, you're probably going to have to hire an attorney.
I don't think that you will be able to make these kinds of arrangements yourself. However, I do think that an experienced California DUI lawyer would be able to allow the DUI classes to be completed out of state. The community service part would be tricky, San Luis Obispo judges are not know for being fond of allowing out of county service. But I've seen much stranger things happen. Hire a great lawyer and let them have at it. You never know if you don't ask. In business as...
I understand your desire to get some help, but I really don't think anyone is going to be able to significantly help you by answering questions like this.
Before I would offer an opinion on the proper strategy to beat this accusation, I would review and analyze your entire case. Without having seen your entire file, I can't be of much use. I strongly believe you should hire an attorney in your area.
Best of luck.
You can appear without an attorney, but at best, you are likely to wind up in the same place you are now. At worst, you could actually cause further damage.
As others have said, once a plea is entered it is hard to change. I'm not saying you have to give up, but thing long and hard about what you are trying to accomplish and whether you are likely to succeed.
Thanks for your question.
It sounds to me like the case was processed as a DUI by the DMV, and if you were under 21, a year long suspension is the correct length. This has nothing to do with whatever happens on the criminal side of the case.
That said, you might be eligible for a critical needs license, so that is definitely something to have your attorney look into.
Best of luck and Happy New Year!
It happens. My office just won a motion on this matter this week.
Absent special circumstances, if the DA does not file within one year on a misdemeanor DUI, a skilled DUI lawyer can bring a motion and ask the judge to dismiss the case.