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Good afternoon. I certainly understand your concern. Can you please clarify for me exactly what your question is?
Thank you for the additional information. If she can no longer afford to retain private counsel and wants to fight this and not take a plea deal, the attorney can withdraw from the case and see can ask to be appointed the public defender. She has no legal obligation to take a plea deal if she thinks she is innocent and has every legal right to fight this and make the State prove the charges against her, beyond a reasonable doubt. It is not uncommon for a Defendant to retain private counsel and then be in a position whereby they can no longer afford them. When this is the case, the public defendant can step in and take over, so the case can go to trial.
It carries jail time, so it is a criminal offense. If she does not have much time, then I am inclined to believe that the court wants her either to resolve the case or go to trial but there will be no more continuances granted.
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Thank you for the reply. In NJ, a DUI/DWI (N.J.S. 39:4-50) is classified as a traffic violation.