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I have been charged with DWI for the first time in my life. I cannot afford an attorney and am in a court where the judge does not give PD's unless you are unemployed or on disability/SSI. It appears that I will not be eligible for Pre-trial Diversion because I was arrested 24 years ago for DUI (the case was thrown out/dismissed because I had taken a prescription sleeping pill and not been drinking). The eligibility rules are clear in saying "no prior arrests".
When I was arrested 3 weeks ago for DWI, I refused to blow so I am also facing license suspension. I have requested the ALR hearing (and did so within the 15 days).
Would it be a bad idea for me to speak with the DA to see if they would reduce the charge from DWI to something else?