So, I was arrested for having a breath test of .091. I understand that I was over the legal limit. My court date is two months away. I am a 4.0 student, single and have not had ANY other trouble with the law. Should I be attending DUI classes now, apply for a restricted license, etc as a way to show the courts that I am a decent citizen that did something stupid? What should I be doing to lessen the penalties? Is there a way to get a wet and reckless?
There is a bit more complexity to defending a DUI than merely accepting at face value the reading of the breath test. Depending upon a number of factors, you may not have been impaired at the time that you were driving. Consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable in the specific area of defending these types of cases.
Your best bet is to consult with a DUI defense attorney. A .091 is clearly above the legal limit, but there are several avenues to defeat a DUI. If your goal is to "lessen the penalties" then consult with an attorney and give him/her all the facts surrounding your case. Only then can that attorney give you an honest assessment of the situation to potentially get you the "wet reckless."
Enrolling in the DUI program now will do nothing but make you spend money, potentially unnecessarily. Your best bet is hiring a lawyer. Even though court is two months away, you should be looking for a lawyer now in order to defend the DMV action against your license. You only have 10 days from arrest date to request a hearing, otherwise your license will be suspended regardless of what happens i court.
The judge cant reduce the charge to a "wet" alone. You will need legal and evidential support to convince the DA to agree to it.
As my colleagues have said hiring a good lawyer can help. They can scrutinize the case even before you walk into court through the DMV hearing process and start gathering facts and evidence that may help you get this lowered or under the right circumstances even dismissed. I often use the DMV hearing process to test certain issues in the case.
Additionally it is too early in the process to just apply for a restricted license or even go to classes. let you lawyer direct you through this process.
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