Should I plead guilty to my DWI charge to get a reduced sentence? If I plead not guilty, can I still get a limited license?
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Before you decide you can't afford an attorney why don't you give a few a call to see? In any event, if you decide you can't afford an attorney you can apply for a public defender at your arraignment and discuss the matter with them. Good luck.
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Your questions can't be answered without more information. If you truly can't afford an attorney, then you'll be given a chance to apply for a public defender at your first court appearance. Depending on a few different factors, for first time offenders, generally pleading guilty at the first appearance can reduce a license revocation period from 90 days down to 30 days. Eligibility for a limited license is not impacted at all by the criminal case. Remember that there is a the seven day temporary license, followed by a 15 day waiting period, and then a person can try for a limited license. I agree with my colleagues overall. It's time to reach out to family, friends, credit cards - whatever it takes to get a lawyer involved to help you through this thing.
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No attorney here can advise you what to do without seeing the evidence. Additionally, a DWI case is two cases in one. It is the criminal case which carries jail sentences and fines. It is also a civil case which is the license revocation and possibly plate impoundment. They are separate matters. If you wish to challenge the license revocation, you must challenge it by filing a Petition in court within 30 days from the notice that your license is revoked. If you do not, even if you prevail on the criminal case, you license will remain revoked.
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No attorney here can tell you what exactly will unfold in your personal case: That would be irresponsible. Persons who are indigent or otherwise financially strained may apply for a public defender: I urge you to apply for a public defender and speak with her prior to taking any 'action step'. I suggest you pay a well experienced attorney, too, for a consultation and discuss your case facts with her as well. She will want to know your criminal history, if any. Each case is unique to its own facts. Be wary of 'free advice'.
Tricia Dwyer Esq
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