If I go to my DUI court arraignment date, plead "not guilty", and get assigned a public defender, can I still hire a private attorney and have the case transferred to them?
You can hire a private criminal defense attorney at any time. You can have a public defender, if you qualify financially, at arraignment, and then hire a private attorney to handle the case from that point forward.
Yes, you can retain a private attorney at almost any time. The sooner the better as DMV deadlines loom and the PD cannot handle the DMV for you. If you intend to hire an attorney, do it now.
SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY--20 years experience
Yes, you can. But why wait? Hire a quality, locally experienced, criminal defense attorney now who can likely appear for you if it is a misdemeanor DUI.
Yes you may hire a private attorney to fight your DUI charges. However, make sure you have the financial ability to hire a private attorney. Generally, a private attorney would have more time to review the facts of your case and can represent you in court and your DMV hearing.
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