I got a DUI about two years ago, I spent three days in jail while trying to get bailed out. I ended up hiring a lawyer and he was trying to delay the case for two years in order to get a dismissal. I'm a Canadian Citizen and I actually ended up moving back to Canada for school about a year ago. I did 40 hours of community service, DUI School and a MADD Impact Panel before I moved away. Well they've filed the paperwork in time. So I now have an arraigment hearing at the State Court of Fulton County next month. I've decided that I want to go ahead and plead out and get on with my life. What can I expect at the arraignment next month since I live in Canada? I have a life here now, I go to school and rent an apartment here. This is also the first time I've been in trouble with the law.
You indicated you had a lawyer. You need to discuss this with you lawyer and develop a plan for going forward. You do not want to have to travel back and forth from CN to Atlanta more than once if it can be avoided, However, that does not mean that pleading guilty at arraingment is a sound decision. Again, please discuss this with your lawyer.
These questions are best asked of your lawyer. If you don't have one for one reason or another, hire one.
You seem to have done much of the special conditions imposed on a first DUI. That's good. Your lawyer can tell you how to address things after you are sentenced.
A word of advice- don't miss the court date. If you do, and you cross the border, they may find a FTA bench warrant against you, which would mean a slew of unfortunate consequences.
If you are pleading out, that can take place at the arraignment. You are looking at a hefty fine and 12 months of probation if you plead guilty, as well as a license suspension. As an attorney, I would not want you to plead without at least seeing the evidence the State has, but that is your choice. There could still be ways to favorably resolve your case, but you will never know if you plead at arraignment. Remember, this will be on your record forever. It could disqualify you from reentering the US if you are a Canadian citizen. I would strongly urge you to consider all of the impacts a conviction will carry with it before blindly accepting guilt at an arraignment.
M. Jason Rhoades
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