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I am sorry for your friend's daughter's situation.1) How will this conviction affect her CA license and standing?
It will. Both CA and Utah are part of the Driver License Compact - see here
. So if her license is suspended in Utah, which may be either if she is found guilty and administratively (unless she challenges it), then, CA would also suspend the license for the time that Utah has it suspended. Also, any conviction will register in CA as 'points' on her license for CA's equivalent, which is 2 points.2) Is it worth hiring a attorney there who would charge $4000 but says he may not be able to do anything?Yes
, it still is. The prosecutor's leverage is that possible certainty that she would be found guilty if he takes this to trial.
Her leverage is not only possibility of being found not guilty if taken to trial, but also the pressure exerted unto the prosecutor if the defense pushes for trial, which means man hours, preparation, and a lot of court time. Having an attorney makes this leverage "stronger."
get several quotes before settling one an attorney - their fees may differ and one may find one that is cheaper. May I recommend the MartindaleHubble referral - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
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