I'm facing first-time DUI and open container charges in Gwinnett County GA. Yes, I know the best option would be to spend big bucks on the best lawyer available...but I'm unemployed and have no money. Is getting a public defender an OK option?
I was on public property, stuck in mud next to a small parking lot, the vehicle was running, but not in motion, and I was not involved in any accident. I refused the breathalyzer, but I did perform the field sobriety tests. When taken to jail, I refused any breath, urine, or blood tests there.
So, in other words, I was not actually driving, I didn't drive into a ditch or cause an accident, and I refused all tests other than field sobriety. Thanks for any advice.
Unfortunately you have not given enough information for anyone to give you more than straight conjecture for advice. Another unfortunately is that Gwinnett recorders court, which is where DUI's start in Gwinnett, doesn't have a public defender assigned. That option is however available in State Court through an appointed pubic defender.
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You can get an appointed lawyer in Gwinnett Recorder's Court. Go to 115 Stone Mountain Street, Lawrenceville, 300456. Go to the window, and ask for an application for an appointed lawyer.
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