I was charged with a D.U.I. and am scheduled for a pretrial conference today. This will be my second time attending (or at least attempting to attend) my pretrial conference as last time I did not have a lawyer so I was sent to a different part of the courthouse where I filled out paperwork in order to get a public defender. I was also briefly interviewed about my situation. Due to not having a public defender the pretrial conference was rescheduled & I was told I would receive more information in the mail. I was also given a number to call to speak with a public defender. I never received any extra info by mail and despite calling the number I was given to ask about my situation, I never received a return phone call.
Talk to the public defender unit (be nice, not crabby), but realistically they are understaffed and DUI's are low on the list of priorities. Understand you are not favored by anyone --doesn't mean you don't have a right to civility but don't act like you are the great wonder of the world. You got a DUI. Work from there.
A good tip might be to show up at the PD's office, they have so many cases thats why is sometimes smart to hire a private lawyer.
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If calling the PD's office hasn't helped, stop in to request counsel. Best of luck.
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