I got pulled over last weekend on my motorcycle in Ellensburg Wa. I was 20 over the speed limit for a short time. the officers said I was very co-operative with them and that will be looked at by the judge. I'm a veteran going to college, this is my first offense. I have just enough money to get by in school and want to hire an attorney but think I cant afford it. I'm on my own here and if I lose my license and get charged with a dui, then I'm sure I lost my promising start to a good career and my college loans are going out the window. I blew a .169 and im not sure how this is possible considering the amount of time span between 4 beers and 1 martini I didn't want to finish. I kept my receipts that night as proof, although the martini receipt is missing. (5hr time span I way 180 pounds)
Since you cant afford an attorney you will be given the chance to have a public defender assist you. Please take advantage of their services. Given your military service and that you are now in college, I would hope that somehow you can receive some leniency in your case....assuming its even a good case against you to begin with. A public defender will review the case for you in relation to the current law.
You're looking at license suspension, two days in jail, house arrest, hefty fines, and a conviction that you can never vacate in the future. The good news is that you can continue driving so long as you have an ignition interlock license and an ignition interlock device in/on your vehicle.
I do not think a DUI will prevent you from receiving college loans. The feds appear to mostly care about drug and sex offenses: https://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/criminal-convictions
If you cannot afford a private attorney, be sure to apply for a court-appointed attorney.
I would not be so quick to assume you cannot afford an attorney. Attorney rates vary drastically depending on the attorney. But if you qualify you can definitely use a public defender
I'm sorry to hear that you're going through this. It sounds like you have some great mitigating factors in your case, but IF it's accurate your breath test is on the higher end of what the Court generally sees. It's really important that you get an attorney to help you with your case as soon as possible. You may qualify for the public defender to be appointed depending on your income. That said, the public defender can only represent you in the criminal (court) case. You're also facing a driver's license suspension that is completely separate, and you really need to get an attorney on board to try to save your driver's license.
Don't wait on this - you'll likely have a first court appearance in the very near future, and the district court in that jurisdiction regularly ignores the law and places people on probation before they've been convicted of a crime. You need someone in your corner!
I wish you the best as you work through this difficult time, just remember that this will pass.
Basically you are facing 2 days in jail and about $1500 in fines. Based on what you said a DUI attorney will be able to to help you navigate the court process but will have a tough time getting your case dismissed. Washington state does allow ignition interlock licenses and occupational licenses though so you should be able to continue college. At least go consult with an attorney. Lots of criminal defense attorneys offer free consultations. That way you will at least know your options.
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