I was just trying to get a full picture here of why you didn't come to court. Obviously, if you could drive, the court is going to be less sympathetic to your never having appeared than if your DUI occurred, say, while home on leave and you got injured later on. And you are probably not going to have a great defense to the DUI, as even if the medication was taken lawfully, they can affect your ability to drive. So while your problems are serious, I'm sure, they are unfortunately unlikely to qualify you for a free pass on your case.
Still, it sounds like a lawyer should still be able to vacate the warrant on your behalf and then cut some kind of a deal that you could come in and take, which would get rid of the warrant and not subject you to a jail sentence
It would seem to me that if are able to retain counsel, you might want to shop for one who was a former district attorney. Former DAs in general tend to have a greater degree of credibililty within the DAs office than other criminal
attorneys as well as having some inside knowledge of who the best person in the DAs office would be to approach with your medicals on your behalf.
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If because of your medical problems you are unable to pay for representation, it will be trickier. I would not recommend going back to court without a lawyer in order to get the warrant lifted because the court's first inclination would be to put you in jail, and you'd also want to have money available before you returned to court in case the judge set bail on you.
Technically, the public defender's office has to wait for a judge to assign them to a case, but they have been known to bend their rules when people in emergency situations walk in off the street. You might be able to convince them to let one stand up with you on the return of the warrant. And you certainly would be able to get an idea from the public defender what kind of bail you'd likely be looking at as he'd have experience with both that court and the particular judge you'd be coming in front of.