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Thanks for your advice.
If i have to get a lawyer, approximately how much am i going to pay?
and if i have to be on a "stay out of further trouble for a period of time" about how much time am i looking at?
Also, do you know if the military can provide a lawyer for me.
Also, i have a witness, because I was with a girl who can testify i only had one glass and i was not drunk. Is that going to help?
I have heard public defenders are not really helpful in court as they are "new on the job" or fresh from school, so all they do is plead guilty or make a deal, not try to win for the client cuz they hate to loose a case. Else i will like to apply for a public defender as i am broke to get an attorney
Also, upon arrest, the officer didn't read my rights to me or inform me why i was being arrested until we got to the station. So the friend i was with didn't even know what was going on. Can i use that against him?
Ok, here are my other concerns. I read that to qualify for a PD, there needs to be the possibility of jail time. Is that true?
Also, if i am found not guilty, does the arrest stay on my record? And if so, what do I have to do to get that completely of my records?
ok, so I finally went to court without a lawyer and was charged with the drunk in public. I have 10days to appeal the charge. which I want to. but I need a lawyer to win. I was told before that I didnt qualify for a PD. so I was wundering if I can get one when I apeal the case.
Ok, so I applied for an appeal, but the officer did not show up so the case was dismissed. I want to get that expunged from my record. I was wondering how to go about that. And if i get it expunged, can the arrest record ever be seen on a background check or security clearance check. I am looking to be a correction officer or a state trooper and not sure if that should be an issue.
I'm glad to hear that your case was dismissed. Since it was, you are eligible to apply for an expungement. Simply contact the clerk of court to request a petition for an expungement. It is a fairly easy form to fill out so you shouldn't have any trouble with it.
While an expungement gets rid of the record of the arrest and the charge in most places, law enforcement agencies still have access to expunged charges. However, they will not likely hold it against you because it wasn't a conviction, and you can truthfully say that you were not convicted.
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