In November of 2012, I ran into a DUI checkpoint knowing that my license is suspended from DUI in November of 2010. I have finished with my community service, AA meetings, and all I needed was to have ignition device installed in my car to get my license back. My court day was in 2-6-2013 but i failed to appear to the court, and now there is a warrant out for my arrest. Before turning my self in to the court, I just wanted to my consequences, and if there is any possible way from any jail time.
Furthermore, i would like to know if i can even get my license back even without going to the court. Please help!
You are kind of in a heap. You now can't get your license for two reasons: failure to install the ignition interlock device and the bench warrant. Even with the IID, the warrant will prevent you from getting your license. Best bet is to at least be prepared when going to court to show this judge that you had completed your alcohol program from the previous DUI, obtained an SR22, and just needed the IDD. You should have a lawyer advocating for you, be it private or the public defender. With respect to jail time, the charge, 14601.2, carries mandatory jail time. 10 days on a first offense. A good advocate for you will press for an amendment to a different charge that doesn't carry mandatory time on a first offense, such as 14601.
You can't get a license if you have an outstanding warrant. Once you clear the warrant in this case you are going to have to deal with the suspended license charge and the probation violation. Also, you will have to worry about a re-suspension as well. 14601.2(a) has a mandatory jail requirement so unless you can get it reduced to another charge and smooth over the probation violation jail will be part of any disposition. I would recommend contacting an experienced DUI attorney to assist you. You definitely have some challenges ahead. Good luck.
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Hiring an attorney gives you the best chance of beating this and/ or mitigating it to lessen the charges and potential punishment, which is severe. In addition to the new case, you've also got a probation violation based upon it. You'd be wise to install the interlock and get your license back right away. There's much more that I'd have you do. Hiring a good attorney will almost certainly improve the outcome. Good luck.
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