On March 31st 2015 I was arrested for a DUI. I was not stopped by police but by a man and his girlfriend who claimed I hit their car. Police arrived on the scene and did a field sobriety test and estimated the damage at $100.00 (it was a small scratch in red, my car was blue). I am an alcoholic and was weening myself off to not have to miss time from work, hours before I'd had a drink and was on some medication for withdraw. I had no money for a lawyer when I went to court so I took the plea thinking it wasn't so bad. Now my driving record has DUI with property damage/Hit and Run! My car was repo'd and I still have to pay$500/mo for insurance. Is there anything I can do now? Also the man attacked me to get me to stop and I had bruises all over my arms and neck. Not having a lawyer will have cost me about $20,000. in punishment. Is it too late to do anything now?
Yes. As to your DUI it is too late. In that regard you made your bed. Sorry.
That said you are free to sue for damages if you believe that the man who attacked you is liable for your injuries (although I suspect that is a long shot I do not know....).
I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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You entered a plea for your DUI over a year ago. It is to late for any appeal or modification of sentences. A DUI conviction cannot be expunged either.
You have 2 years from the date of conviction to appeal an unlawful'illegal sentence. Consult an experienced DUI lawyer to discuss your options.
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If you don't own the car or if you give up your veh registration, I would question why you are still paying insurance. As to the DUI, not much can be done now other than teach others not to be penny wise and dollar foolish by deciding its 'cheaper' not to hire a lawyer.
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