For my first DUI, I did not have the money to hire an attorney. So to avoid a conviction the court told me to join the alcohol education program.attend a MADD panel Meeting and 50 hours of community service. So I have done every thing the court told me to do for my first DUI to avoid a conviction.
Then in August 2013 I got my second DUI, Hired an attorney , and he told me what would happen , I became a first offender. I have been put on probation for 18 months, gotta do 100 hours of community service. Attend a MADD panel meeting. and have an Inter ignition device installed in my car . The fact that I have been convicted of a DUI as a first offender , under C.G.S section 14-227a.
I am OK with that as i will have it expunged later on in the future.
Turns out that I have a court hearing
Your participation in the alcohol education program for your first DWI will be deemed "unsatisfactory" in light of the subsequent arrest and conviction for another DWI. Your first DWI will be redocketed for further prosecution by the court. Your options will be 1). go to trial or 2). plead out as a first offender. You cannot be charged as a second offender for your first DWI. If you plead out you will probably have a sentence that mirrors the one you received for your second DWI. However, your license will, in all likelihood, be suspended for 3 years and you will probably have to delay the installation of the inter lock ignition device. Also, regarding the claim you will have it expunged later- don't be so sure of that. It's certainly not going to happen in the near future, particularly if you have 2 convictions for DWI and would be facing a mandatory jail sentence of 1 year for a 3rd conviction with in 10 years.
You do not indicate whether you successfully completed the Alcohol Education Program. if so, then the charge was dismissed and is not on your record. If you picked up the next DUI before you completed the Alcohol Education Program, there is a very real risk that the program will be terminated and the case returned to the court docket. You should speak to an experienced attorney- it is very important this be handled correctly to avoid serious ramifications.
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