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Beskeragmasse : I got into a car wreck the other night and got a dui. Im only 19 and I refused to blow. Would there be any hope in me getting a lawyer and my charges maybe being lowered? I don't want to spend all the money on a lawyer if it won't help me.

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SeRviceFus : Yes. A lawyer can do you a lot of good if this is your first offense. You do not want dui's on your record because they can lead to license suspension. Take care of it NOW.
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attinkMatrerm : If you refused to blow you're practically admitting guilt. Take your punishment and save your money for the fines instead of blowing it on a lawyer.
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songfeng103 : Once you don't cooperate with the police when they attempt a sobriety test you're pretty much toast. There's really no way to prove you weren't drunk or what your blood alcohol level was, is there?

A lawyer can help, though. A good one can pick apart the evening's events and maybe find something the police did procedurally incorrect. If not, at least you have an advocate in court, someone who can help you through the thicket of the legal system and perhaps get you a less stringent punishment.

But cost shouldn't matter since you're going to save so much money in the future by not drinking any longer.

Yes?

(If the answer to that last question is no, then expect to go through worse legal hassles in the future.)
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GGYGYG : I had a cop ask me to blow one time because I smelled like alcohol. Anyway when he said blow I told him sorry but I'm straight and love women.
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oncall463 : Depends entirely on your locality. Where I live, it's pretty much a waste of money to hire a lawyer for a DUI unless you simply want a "hand holding" experience & help with the paperwork. I have yet to see a defendant receive any less penalty on a DUI by hiring an attorney than if they simply plead "no contest" at the outset. But again, that's just my locality.

It should be noted, however, that because you refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test, your license will be suspended automatically. And there is absolutely nothing a lawyer will be able to do about that. It's a condition of your license and an administrative action of the DMV fully outside the court's jurisdiction.
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Pausypey : Yes, you need a lawyer, but not just any lawyer will do. All lawyers are not created equal. You need to hire an experienced DUI lawyer who knows your state's DUI laws and has a winning track record when it comes to representing clients.

Refusing to submit to a breathalyzer is bad when it comes to the DMV and your driver's license.In most states refusing to submit to a breathalyzer results in an automatic 1-year license suspension without the chance of receiving a restricted or hardship license during the 1-year suspension period.

You also need to be aware that a growing number of states do not allow a person convicted of a DUI to expunge the DUI conviction from their criminal record. Meaning that any time that someone performs a background check on you they will see the DUI conviction. This makes a strong case for hiring a skilled DUI lawyer. You can contact a DUI lawyer through this website by filling out their contact form: http://www.duiarresthelp.com/dui-lawyers.php
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HoandDorOdons : I was in a car accident. My car was totalled and I was NOT at fault.
My daughter and I were both transported to hospital via ambulance to be checked but no major injuries other than slight concussion and contusions.
I got a lawyer but now I have no idea what is going on...
The lawyer is looking for a settlement but how does that work? Someone told me they triple the amount of the bills.
Also, do they make the check out to me and I write my bills to the hospital or do they do it??
How long should all this take? I had the wreck October 16.
And btw KR... nowhere on here did I say I WANTED 3 times the med bills. I said someone told me that. I am not suing the man. I take offense to what you said. I was raised in a God loving home with honest moral values. I would never sue ANYONE unless it was necessary. I just want to know the process the lawyer has to go through. GET OFF UR SOAPBOX.
Gosh thats whats wrong with people these days, ppl like you complaining about everything before you even know the story. Dont Assume!
And KR how dare you tell me that it is taking food off another persons table. I AM A SINGLE MOTHER who cant get a dime of child support by the father. NOT A DIME, I dont want to hear about feeding children. I know the pain of that. And no before you assume I dont have welfare either,, I dont like hand outs. I am 23 have no help from my parents and I didnt know what else to do. I certainly cannot talk to an insurance company as I have no idea how to handle the situation. I know the lawyer has to make his money but with about 10 thouosand worth of doctor bills I have to know that they are going to be payed.
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songfeng305 : Sounds like a good question for your lawyer.

The other insurance company probably doesn't want to settle for triple the bills because the injuries were minor. You need to show damages for anything over the actual bills. Not sure concussion/contusions are going to establish a lot of damages.

You shouldn't be paying any bills, they should be forwarded to the other driver's insurance.
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Majuceak : He's basically negotiating with the insurance companies to get everything you're entitled to as a victim. DO NOT pay your medical bills, forward them all to him (keeping a copy for yourself, of course.)

Tell the hospital who your attorney is and who the insurance company is that's on the hook.

Normally a settlement (in most states) is your costs (medical, the car) and your lost wages. Pain and suffering is not automatic, that one you have to fight for, and in Florida and other no fault states it's not even allowed unless you go to court.

Ask your attorney about who ultimately pays the bills. Usually the total check comes to him, he takes his cut, pays the bills, and you get what's left. Oh, as far as time frame, realistically you won't see anything for at least a few months, that's normal. It can take 90 days for all the medical bills to finalize. Just for an example, my daughter's wreck was in April, she's not seen any settlement yet, and probably won't until March or April from the way it sounds.
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