If your prior was an impaired then this is a misdemeanor not a felony. However, the prior will show up on your RAP sheet so the DA will consider it. I suggest you hire a very good criminal defense lawyer who knows how to handle a DWI case.
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Ok...it's a misdemeanor and not a felony. You cannot get a Cond License if you took the DDP.
You should not represent yourself as your degree did not include instruction on this kind of law.
Ask the court to appoint a lawyer if you can't afford one.
You can become a CPA, even with a misdemeanor which is the likely result of this case due to the prior.
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
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Garden City, NY 11530
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I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.
The information provided by my colleagues is correct.
I would emphasize that this is a matter for an experienced defense attorney familiar with DWI. You face possible jail and Probation, revocation of your driver's license for a significant period of time, and fines and surcharges.
Christopher I. Simser, Sr.
269 West Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor
Syracuse, NY 13202