Asked over 1 year ago - Ventura, CAFlag
i recently got a DUI and am under 21 i blew a .07 and did not spend the night in jail. im pretty sure i will not be appointed an attorney during court because it was an infraction. My issue is i was leaving for the army in a month and a half, a month before my court date. I will still be able to leave on time as long as i dont have an open case. if there will be a fine i can pay it before i leave but if put on probation i cannot join until it is completed. my question is am i better pleading guilty and hope for the best or look for an attorney that can help?
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You should contact an attorney. Your ticket may say that it is an infraction now, but the District Attorney can charge you with a misdemeanor (PC 23152(a) Driving under the influence of Alcohol/Drugs). If you do get charged with a misdemeanor and you plead guilty usually they do put you on probation. If you would like, you can contact me regarding your options. If you do hire an attorney, the attorney can appear in court on your behalf, whether you are here or not. The best solution in your situation may be to postpone your case till after you get back, depending on how long you will be gone.
Under no circumstances should you just plead guilty without speaking to private counsel. A .07 by itself isn't the best fact but you never know what an experienced lawyer might find you were not aware of. You also need to seriously consider how this could affect your army career. I have an office in ventura, happy to speak to you.
I concur with the above Attorneys. I would recommend discussing your case further with a DUI defense attorney. Things can change charge wise once you appear in court. A DUI attorney can work with you and the case to try to get the best resolution possible, realizing your time constraints. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss further, as I handle DUI cases in Ventura.
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