If this is your first offense you should be eligible for the ARD program. This is a program designed for first time offenders with no record. If you successfully complete ARD there would be no jail time, no conviction and a license suspension of 2 months in your case rather than a year. You may also have some defenses to consider and for that reason at minimum I would contact the Public Defender in the county where this occurred to understand your rights and possible scenarios in your situation if you cannot afford a private attorney. I hope this was of some help to you.
Although I do not see a question, I presume you are looking for advice. While this board can provide general information, it cannot substitute for the advice of an attorney following a full review of the facts of your case.
If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for representation by a public defender. However, you should first attempt to contact attorneys to determine their fees. Many, like me, offer free consultations or case evaluations. Www.dui-case-evaluation.com
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F. Dean Morgan
The Morgan Law Firm
First, see if you qualify for court appointed counsel. If not, find a way to pay for counsel. While this is a first offense, you fall into the highest blood alcohol level category. Therefore, in the absence of ARD, you face:
12 month license suspension
72 hours to 6 months prison
$1,000 to $5,000 fine
alcohol highway safety school
treatment when ordered
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You may qualify for that particular county's ARD program, which is a first time offender program that can result in the charges being dismissed. Most criminal attorneys will offer a free consultation, so it may benefit you to at least set up an appointment with an attorney who has experience handling DUI cases in the county that you were arrested.
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