Well for a first time DUI 180 days seems harsh. But you say you had a parole violation, so it would appear you went to prison for something. I don't know the facts of your case, or your record, so I can't say one way or the other. If the defendant has already been sentenced to 180 days, it's kind of too late to do anything about it.
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Forgetting is about the worst possible legal defense one can imagine. I forgot is probably what got the person the 180 but suspect that there is alot more going on with this person than missing some AA meetings. 180 days is not the kind of time typically given out for a simple violation of probation on a first time DUI.
There is always a better argument out there. But arguments are fact driven. You and your friend should consult an attorney if you have the means to hire one. 180 days is alot.
You stated parole violation hearing. Is the person in question on parole, or on probation (for the 1st offense DUI)? They are two different things. I would need to know more about the situation to better assess it. But, if the judge officially sentenced the person in question already, then the time to make arguments on that has likely come and gone. If the judge just gave an indicated sentence, then arguments/persuading the Judge on that issue can still happen.
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