What will happen to me on first dui charge
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For a first offense, expect a CWOF with at least a year probation and the placement into the "24D Program," attending a series of classes in lieu of jail time per MGL c. 90, sec. 24D.
If you have TRIAL and not arraignment in five days, you should have had your attorney explain that to you in detail. If you elected to waive counsel and represent yourself, the 24D disposition should be discussed w/the ADA.
The Mass and Springfield bar associations can assist you with referrals should you now desire counsel.
The foregoing is for general information purposes and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
Inmany jurisdictions a .09 is a triable case. It is important to hire an attorney who is familiar with the nuances and idiosyncracies of the court that you are in. If you haven't already I highly advise that you hire a lawyer who practices regularly in the court where you are charged. In my area, I would try that case and you may end up with a Not Guilty. If you are going to plead the case, you should qualify for a 24d alternate disposition. In that case, you would seek a CWOF (continued without a finding) for 1 year, a 45 day loss of license and 1 year of supervised probation which will include attendance at the drunk driver program. Once you enroll in the drunk driver program you may be eligible for a hardship license that grants you a12 hour window in which you can drive. Speak with your attorney about this. If you can not afford an attorney, the court/state will provide you with an attorney at no fee.