Hello! Thank you for bringing your question to JustAnswer! I'm T-USA and I'll be happy to provide some valuable information! Fran sent your question my way and she has asked me to take a look at it. I'm sorry that you haven't received an answer until now. It may be that others have not engaged your question as it's extremely long relative to price and, at some points, it exceeds the scope of what we can do in this forum.
Regardless, I've spent the last several minutes reviewing and researching your question and I have provided some valuable information below. As you review this answer, please keep in mind that I only get credit for answering your question if you click Accept, so I'd be grateful if you'd do so. You'll still be able to ask follow-up questions using the Reply feature.1) How to get a public defender(PD) & if possible, fast enough to talk about the DMV hearing?
You can request a public defender at your first court appearance. Public defenders are available for individuals who cannot afford attorneys. If it's determined that you are financially eligible for a public defender's assistance, one will be appointed for you.
An individual cannot get a public defender for a DMV hearing. This is because the rights affected are different (considered to be less, as driving is not regarded as a Constitutional right) than for the criminal
charge. Therefore, a public defender can help with a DUI, but not with a DMV hearing. However, you may be able to find an attorney who will represent you for that purpose only.2) What's going to happen when I call the DMV for a Hearing, how soon after will it happen?
I see that you no longer require an answer to this question so I'll move along.3) Heard PDs are not very good, so have you any advice for me to keep him/her on their toes? Any Rx-DUI Precedent info. you know of?
It's not really true that PDs aren't good, though there's a common perception that they are less competent. In reality, PDs are usually very competent attorneys. They see a lot of cases and they know the law. Many, many, many attorneys in private practice start as public defenders or prosecutors, actually. However, due to funding limitations, they often have less time for each individual case. Therefore, you're likely to get less personal attention from a PD. Really, there's nothing you can do about that other than get your PD to like you, show an interest, and ask the PD to give you as much attention as possible while explaining that you understand he/she has a heavy caseload.
Unfortunately, case law research is beyond the scope of what can reasonably be performed on JustAnswer, as it is quite expensive and time-consuming, as well as highly fact-dependent. This is something that your attorney will do for you.4) What's the worst, best & probable(a non-binding guess only) that'll happen to me in court?
I cannot provide an estimate as to your probably outcome. Your attorney will help you to determine what your reasonable expectations should be, as that depends heavily on the details of the situation. However, the best case scenario would be dismissal. The worst case scenario would be a conviction with maximum penalties. Penalties could include 3-5 years of probation, fines and fees, a 6 month driver's license suspension, DUI school, 48 hours to 6 months of jail time.
5) What should my realistic goal be?(I can't stop taking the pain meds yet I need to continue to drive for my son, parents & self.
This is something that your attorney will have to help you evaluate. Unfortunately, this question is beyond the scope of what we can provide in this forum, as it's highly fact-dependent and it's very personal.
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