infraction.i have prior convictions of dwai's ,2,and a felony charge of criminal possesion of a forged instrument.all more than ten years ago.the 'drugs'i was on are my own legal scrips, both are controlled substances.my questions are ;does it help if i get a favorable justice because there are three in this court and one is a personal family friend and another i am on good terms with due to our sons playing hockey together , the third is known to be a hard ass.what might the outcome be for me , can i use a public defender?the traffic stop was due to an anonomous call.i was taken to hospital for blood tests and failed the field sobriety tests.i was polite throughout the process and probably appeared to be "high".they impounded my car but let me go home after about an hour.
You do not get to choose your judge and in your case, you may get the bad one by default as the other 2 may cite a conflict of interest.
Hire the best lawyer available in your area!
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
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I strongly recommend that you contact an attorney well versed in DUI defense. If you are convicted and your license is revoked and have 3 convictions in a 25 year span you may not be eligible for reinstatement by DMV for a period of 5 years beyond the statutory revocation. Judges have an ethical duty to recuse themselves if they are not able to be objective (ie personal friendships). Again - you need an attorney to attempt to work with the DA's office to try and get them to withdraw prosecution of the DWAI.
Take the time to locate and retain an attorney who concentrates his or her practice on criminal defense - preferably on the defense of DWI charges. You case as you describe it is complicated, and teh exposure to you is significant. Act quickly!
Christopher I. Simser, Sr.
269 West Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor
Syracuse, NY 13202
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