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Good morning. When you ask about the second charge being dropped, so you mean the failure to have the vehicle under control? Also, was this a single car accident or was anyone else around? Curious to know if the Officer saw you driving
Thank you for the additional information. When you appear in court, you want to ask to be appointed the public defender, if you are unable to retain private counsel. I say this because a demand for discovery needs to be made and you may have defenses, if nobody saw you behind the wheel of the vehicle, this was a single car accident and the officer arrived after the fact. They did not observe your driving pattern or have anyone to testify to what happened, so it would only be your word and what the State could prove. As such, there could be grounds to try and get this dismissed or even a basis to go to trial, if the case is weak. Now, if you took a plea deal, you could ask that the second charge be dropped, as a result. You may even want to see if the State will amend the DUI to a lesser charge, if their case is weak. When you appear, you likely want to enter a plea of not guilty and ask for the PD, so they can start working on your case and defenses, to this.
You can ask the court to reconsider and show them what your expenses are and why you can not afford representation. If they still deny you, then you can contact criminal defense attorneys and explain your situation and see if they would take the case pro bono or at a reduced rate or take payments.
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I am not sure I understand. Please share with me what else I can answer and I would be happy to respond. I am happy to continue to work with you just need more information. Thank you
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