In WA state King County I received a dui 8 months ago & had it dropped to a NEG 1 then I was pulled over for driving on a suspended 2nd degree then I went to court & had that dropped to dwls 3rd . Now I received a court date for being on probation for my dui that was dropped to a Neg 1. I have my driver’s license now.
What will happen & what do i need to do?
I would recommend hiring an attorney to handle the probation violation hearing. It may be possible to get probation reinstated with little to no additional penalties. I was able to do that this week on a failure to comply, to failure to appears and a bail jumping (all in the same case)...it can be done!. Call an attorney in your area to discuss further.
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What is likely to happen depends on the court you are in, your criminal history, how many times you have violated the terms and many more factors. When you entered the plea to the DWLS charge your attorney should have informed you of the potential consequences on the old charge. The Neg 1 court can impose any or all of the suspended jail time (90 days) and fines (up to $1000). Additional conditions of probation can also be added.
If you are on probation for DUI the court would be required to impose a 30 day sanction. Because the charge was reduced this is not mandatory. However, it is still a possibility. Make sure you maintain your license and insurance and follow all the conditions set. It would be smart to have an attorney with some experience with your court to help you minimize the damage.
You need to speak with an attorney to review your terms of probation, what violation or violations may have occurred and what you may be facing. The recent prior incident, within a year, is going to raise the concerns of the court and the prosecutor. Whatever you do, do not miss court. A warrant will be issued for your arrest. At least speak with a public defender.
Any comments offered are not intended as legal advice. This attorney does not know the specifics of the particular case sufficiently to offer legal advice. You should hire a lawyer who can evaluate the details of your specific situation before offering advice.
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