If I recently got a DUI but I did not feel that I was to intoxicated to drive, what would be my best plea?

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If I recently got a DUI but I did not feel that I was to intoxicated to drive, what would be my best plea?

I got pulled over because my friend, who was clearly very drunk, yelled out the window drawing the officers attention.I was driving a dealer car with no visible license plate. At this time my BAC was at it highest reading. I hadn’t had a drink in almost 2 hours. I felt completely fine to drive making me not guilty. But with the BAC reading so high (.14/.15.), what would be my best plea when I stand in front of the judge?I can not afford a lawyer and this is my first traffic offense.

Asked on September 30, 2011 under Criminal Law, California

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, your best plea obviosuly would be "not guilty" at your upcoming arraignment. The problem that I see from what you have written is that your blood alcohol level was .14 and .15 well above the legal limit in California to be driving a motor vehicle which is .08.

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you should ask for the appointment of a public defender at your arraignment. It is best to be be represented by legal counsel in this matter in that a criminal conviction or plea to the charges against you can have a detrimental effect upon your future desires for school and employment.

Good luck.

 


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