Last night I got pulled over for a DUI and I blew a .20 after reading into the laws Here I saw that I will be having to complete a nine month program because my BAC was .19 which is very scary. I’m wondering because I blew a higher PAC if that means if they will give me jail time I’m a single mom and I don’t have any help so I’m pretty much freaking out right about now. I just got laid off work so I can’t Afford a attorney. I’m hoping they’ll give me a restricted license but I don’t have a job at this current moment saw my second question is will they give you a restricted license to go to the program and back if you don’t have a job I also have a child I need to get to doctors etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
If you qualify for a Public Defender you should have help in court, a lawyer can help you avoid the high blood alcohol concentration (.20 or above) charge and save you money on the school (4 month is less expensive than the 9 month) and suspension/restricted license time. Under a new law you can install the ignition interlock device and avoid any license suspension time at all. Jail for a first offense is unlikely, you should be offered sentencing alternatives.
This answer is not legal advice, it may not even be relevant to the question answered, it definitely is does not establish an attorney/client relationship.
Hudson is correct. You will get a jail sentence but you’ll also be afforded jail alternatives like volunteer service. And, under the new 2919 law you’ll avoid a license suspension if you install IID device. I’d hire a local attorney to help with all this; in the long run that will serve you well.
Most likely you will qualify for a Public Defender, however. they are not able to represent you in reference to your DMV issues. Make certain you contact DMV and request a hearing to fight any suspension they may want to impose in addition to the criminal court.
Any jail time that may be imposed by the court will probably be served on a community service alternative program.
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