I recently got a dwi, 1st offense, I need to know what I can do to keep it off my record and want to know about the article 894 and what that allows me to do? Am I able to do the article 894 without an attorney?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Depending on where you got the DWI, you may be able to enter a pretrial diversion program and keep the offense off your record. Usually this PTI, as it is called in my area, consists of classes and fees, and if you complete the program the DA will dismiss your charge - this may be available in limited circumstances for a first offence DWI.
As far as 894 goes, you should talk to an attorney, ASAP. The nature of your question should answer your assertion about self-representation. The predominate sound in the court room when someone asks to represent themselves in felony court, though I understand your charge is a misd., is laughing. Not because you are not able to represent yourself, it is just often a bad idea. The courts are procedurally difficult to traverse, and there is no reason to suffer for your being uninformed. That is just my thought on self-representation. It is however your constitutional right to do so, if you choose, just choose wisely.
If you cannot afford an attorney, ask the court to appoint a public defender to assist you in your defense.
Good luck to you.
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