I have moved to Shanghia China for work and this still not taken care of. I would like to plead absentia with the help of a local attorney, but am having no luck. I am not sure why this can not be handled through an attorney, with fines and fees. Please recommend a good criminal attorney as it would cost me a fortune to return, any help you coulf give is much appreciated
You should definitely seek the advice of counsel on this matter. Did you also receive the driving on a suspended license charge in Naples as well? As a criminal defense attorney that practices statewide most jurisdictions will seek jail time when you are alleged to be driving on a suspended license when the basis of the suspension was originally for a DUI. This can be negotiated and is not required by law. However, this may be the reason you are having a hard time with being able to find someone that will allow you to plea in absentia. It is possible to convince the Prosecutor to avoid the jail time but it will depend on the specific facts of your case. Also, are you still on probation? If so, this could also dramatically impact your ability to plea in absentia. I strongly encourage you to speak to someone that handles these specific matters as soon as you can.
You should contact one of the Florida lawyers who have already responded or another lawyer, perhaps the one you had who got your DUI changed to a reckless driving.
You should not return to the US without addressing this in some fashion first.
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