What to do if I was just arrested for first offense misdemeanor DUI and I have2 other charges failure to maintain and leaving the scene.

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What to do if I was just arrested for first offense misdemeanor DUI and I have2 other charges failure to maintain and leaving the scene.

I don’t know what is going to happen next. I cannot afford a lawyer and I make to much for a public defender I’m stuck and do not know which way to turn. I have never been in trouble in my life this was an accident don’t know if I could represent myself and try a plea bargain or why to do please help. to much for a public defender I’m stuck and do not know which way to turn.

Asked on February 8, 2012 under Criminal Law, West Virginia

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

My suggestion is that whenever one has been arrested for a criminal offense that he or she try and retain a criminal defense attorney for representation. Many criminal defense attorneys will take payments over time or by credit card.

I recommend that you consult with your county bar association for a referral to a criminal defense attorney who might be able to represent you on a private placement basis with payment over time since you do not qualify for the public defender.

You might also see if a friend could loan you some money as well for a retainer for a criminal defense attorney.

 


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