Being convicted of DWI is a serious offense with serious consequences. It will impact your right to drive and your life. You could well be facing jail time and fines. Your reputation will be severely damaged. Employers and landlords will be find out on the simplest background check. College admission and student loans could be jeopardized. You have a lot at stake.
When read the Miranda Warning, you heard that the state will provide an attorney at no charge. Before making a decision on whether to use the services of a public defender or to retain your own attorney, there are a few points to consider.
- If you elect to use a public defender, you don’t get to choose your lawyer. The state will make that decision for you. The lawyer appointed for you may or may not have any experience with cases like yours.
- You may or may not