I was at a gas station was under the influence of alcohol was sitting in my car fell asleep behind the wheel but was not driving key's where in my lap took breath test blew a .17 an was charged with a OVI
Yes, you can and should get a lawyer. If you cannot afford one, the court can appoint one.
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I agree with the previous answer. Because you are facing potential jail time, you are entitled to a lawyer, if you cannot afford one. If there is a public defender's office in that jurisdiction, an attorney from that office can represent you. Otherwise, the court can appoint a private attorney from it's indigent counsel list to represent you.
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If the court finds that you are indigent (can't afford an attorney), they will appoint one for you.
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Contact the court about court appointed counsel. If you meet the income requirements you may receive a Public Defender or court appointed private counsel. If you do not qualify you will need to retain your own private counsel. You have not stated anything about your income and or your assets.
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