Parked at a gas station with the keys in ignition, the car was not running. Given an eye field sobriety test. Refused breathalyzer (also refused on the first OVI). Taking two seperate parenting courses, and 50+ AA meetings.
I know I need counsel immediately. Right now I just need lawyer's experiences in the typical outcomes of these cases. Thanks.
You should get an attorney involved. Taking proactive steps like classes and treatment helps in negotiations with the prosecutor to reduce the charges and also helps at sentencing with the judge. It shows you’re admitting you were wrong and taking action to correct yourself. So, there is less need for them to force it on you and more reason to cut you a break.
As long as you do what you need to do, you will almost certainly wind up with probation rather than jail. It’s important to try to get them to dismiss or reduce the endangerment charges because such charges cannot be sealed and are far more likely to cause you future problems with work, social services, or in any custody proceeding than the physical control charge.
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So the parenting classes can only really help you in custody cases. AA always helps with everything. The physical control seems to be an appropriate charge for the facts as you describe. There are no license suspensions for that or mandatory jail, but the refusal has its own problems. That’s a separate crime now. That’s the one you need to get out from under.
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