I was at the pool at my apartment complex last night with some friends. I tried to lie my way out of the ticket which almost screwed me over. When the cop asked me to take a breathalizer, I agreed because I thought he'd just let me go. When I took the test, I failed immediately, landing me an MIP. Should I take the conviction and pay the fine, or should I hire a lawyer to keep it off my record. Keep in mind that I'm 18 years old, living on my own, getting by with a minimum wage job. I don't really have a whole lot of spending room.
If you can swing it, absolutely hire an attorney. There may be diversion programs available than an attorney would know of.
John S. Riordan, Esq., RIORDAN & HERMAN, PL., West Palm Beach, FL, (561) 650-8291. Mr. Riordan is a former Palm Beach County Prosecutor and an experienced criminal defense lawyer handling cases in both State and Federal Courts throughout Florida. The answer provided is for educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. You should consult an attorney for legal advice regarding the facts of your specific case and designed to help you with your personal needs.
It is always desirable to obtain the counsel of an attorney before appearing in a criminal court. If you are found to be without funds by the court to retain a private attorney a lawyer may be appointed to represent you. You should investigate this option before making any final decision. Any stain on your criminal history could cause you problems in the future.
I would advise you seek consult with an attorney as soon as you can. Most will offer you a free consultation regarding your case.
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