i have a lawyer for the dui charge i received, that case is currently waiting for pretrial. i got a citation for underage drinking from undercover cops at a concert last week and was told to ask for the diversion program to expunge it from my record. due to the other alcohol charge, will i be able to get diversion? i want to hire my lawyer for the underage but i can't afford her additional fee. i live in ohio if that makes a difference
Since you already have a lawyer on the DUI, then you should ask them this question.
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My answer is it depends. I have had courts where I have been able to work that out and others where it was out of the question. It will not reflect well to pick up a new charge while you have one pending and it doesn't help that it is a alcohol related offense. As stated in the other answer, you should definitely talk to the attorney you have on the DUI. They are in the best position to help you and advise you on what is possible and what is likely to happen.
There are to many factors to be addressed for an online review. 1. Does the court have a diversion program. Not all courts offer diversion. 2. Even if it has a diversion program will you be eligible. Diversion programs are often only for first time offenders which you may not considered if you have a pending OVI. I would suggest finding a way to hire the original OVI attorney or another attorney that you can afford that will work with the OVI attorney. If you can not afford an attorney contact your local public defender's office to see if you qualify. There are many great public defender's out there. Good.luck.
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The attorney that has been working on your DUI case is in the best position to give you advice about the new charge. There are too many factors that will need to be taken into account to provide an adequate response here.
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