My boyfriend recently got a DUI, and this is his first time ever receiving a DUI does he really need a lawyer?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Los Angeles, CA

He has already received a letter from the Los Angeles superior court. Regarding violation of section V23152a

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  1. Hart Jasper Levin

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    Answered . Definitely. In fact the court may not let him proceed without a lawyer. He may be eligible for a public defender if he is below the poverty line.

    310-935-3100 if you would like to discuss the case.

  2. Matthew Murillo

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    Answered . If he just wants to plead guilty to the DUI and lose his license, then no, he doesn't need a lawyer. If he wants to defend himself and give himself a shot at winning his case, then yes, he does.

    A good lawyer will do a thorough investigation of the case. This means they will look into the reason for the stop/contact, the arrest, driving pattern, BAC level and what defenses he has available.

    Just because he had alcohol in his system, it doesn't mean he is guilty. There are a number of defenses that might be available to him. But if he doesn't try to defend himself with a lawyer, he's letting the DA and DMV off the hook by not making them prove he is guilty.

    Feel free to call me if he wants to discuss the case.

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  3. Michael Korry Bialys

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    Answered . It's always a good idea to get your own lawyer,especially when dealing with the DMV. Remember you don't get a public defender when dealing with them and when your license is at stake it is best to have and experienced DUI attoreny is your corenr

  4. John Lawrence Buckley

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    Answered . Does he really want to give up all of his rights? Yes, he needs to at least consult with a lawyer.

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  5. Frank Mascagni III

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    Answered . Yes, he needs to hire an attorney ASAP to represent him.

    I am trying to give you a general answer to your question. We do not have an attorney-client relationship by this... more
  6. Thomas Anthony Schaeffer

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    Answered . PD's can do the job but they won't hold his hand or go 'the extra mile' but, if he qualifies, it might not be a bad bet. Your b/f should know the circumstances of his stop and he'll get a copy of the PR at his arraignment. If there is anything fishy in the report, I'd suggest a private attorney is the way to go.

    Thomas A. Schaeffer, Esq. Law Office of Juarez and Schaeffer PO Box 16216, San Diego, CA 92105 (619) 804-4327 www.... more
  7. Tai Christopher Bogan

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    Answered . Do I need ice water in hell?

    The above information does not establish an attorney client relationship nor is it meant to provide legal advice.
  8. Maltaise E Cini

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    Answered . Your boyfriend should hire an attorney to represent him. He should also make sure that he contact the DMV and set a APS hearing. He must request the hearing within 10 days from the date of arrest. The DMV hearing and court hearing are separate from each other.

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