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My friends daughter (who lives in CA and drives on a CA license)

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My friends daughter (who lives in CA and drives on a CA license) got a DUI in Utah yesterday and was kept overnight in jail. Now released she is going to court today. Two questions: 1) How will this conviction affect her CA license and standing? 2) Is it worth hiring a attorney there who would charge $4000 but says he may not be able to do anything? Thank you.
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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."

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Since I am a third party getting this second hand (my friend---the mother, has asked me for advice on this) I do not have good details, but the situation seems to be that while stopped for minor speeding, the daughter was found with a very slight (but still legally intolerable) trace of marijuana smoking which was from the day before. This is the basis of the DUI. The defendents (the daughter driving and the boyfriend passenger who was not charged) seem to be of the mind that because it was a very low level from 24 hours earlier----that this should help their case. Does this in any way alter your feelings about hiring an attorney? Thanks.

Friend,

. Does this in any way alter your feelings about hiring an attorney? Thanks.

No - in fact, if she is suspected of having an illegal substance, this makes it ever so much more prudent to retain counsel. I am afraid I have to be a stickler to this one, J. Otherwise, she can be 'made an example' by a zealous prosecutor, and boy, there are a lot of them like that.

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