First I would like to thank you for your time in reviewing the case information I am about to provide you with and any advice you can give me.
Towards the end of September 2009, I was arrested for a Minor DUI in Redmond, WA. The officer pulled me over for speeding 65 in a 55. I was coming back from a party at UW that i had one beer at about an hour before i left. He came up to the passenger window and the girl with me had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol. I gave the officer my liscence, registration, insurance, and he went back to his car. When he came up to the window he said he smelled alcohol in the vehicle and asked me to step outside of the car, I did, and consented to take some FSTs. I believe that i passed them, but i was really nervous at the time, so i may be wrong. I blew in the breathalyzer thinking that i would be let go, but I blew a .021 on the side of the road and was arrested.
Upon arrival at the station, I contacted an attorney. I consented to taking the breathalyzer at the station, and this time i blew a .004 twice. Yes, two zeros. The cop was really suprised that I blew so low and commented that i appeared more intoxicated than that. I spent the night in jail and was released in the morning. I recieved notifica... the mail that i am now being charged with a MIC as well as a probation violation.
I am glad that they aren't pursuing the DUI charges, even though they cant because state law for a minor is above .02 .
I am currently on 2 years of supervised probation in Whitman County for 2 MIPs that i had while attending school, with around 8 months remaining, and I have finished an alcohol treatment program. And this case is in Redmond.
I am considering hiring an attorney to handle the MIC case, but the cost is significantly more than a public defender. I can definitely&nb... an attorney, but I am not sure what the benefits for the extra $1000-2000 i would spend would be.
They filed the case a couple days ago, almost 5 months later, and I have an arraignment this Monday. My probation officer emailed me, telling me i will be recieving notification of a probation violation in a short while.
--- Can you guys give me any advice or what to expect? I am really stressed about the situation I am finding myself in once again.
--And what would I expect to be different from a lawyer to a public defender? I assume chances of getting dropped are greater with a lawyer, but the chances of that are not to great anyways?