Q: When will I get a court date for my DWI?
Almost 2 months ago I got a DWI and was in jail overnight. My license was taken and I was given a paper permit I guess. It has my BAC level, the city i was in etc. but when I went to get a state ID I was told I would have to give up my license which I obviously no longer had. But instead I got a new license and the state has no record of a DWI. I have gotten nothing about any court appearance and I’m not sure where to go from here.
A: What jurisdiction/court are you in? Some courts are slow to process tickets and charges. This appears to be the case here, but I suggest you contact a criminal defense attorney immediately to review your situation. A lawyer will get an update for you without adversely impacting the potential charges. A lawyer will also be able to counsel you regarding the ramifications of your arrest, including fines and penalties.
A: You need to get a complete certified copy of your driving record, directly from the Secretary of State ($12), and let an attorney who handles drunk driving cases on a regular basis review it. It is likely that the Temporary Driving Permit that you were issued has been entered onto your driving record, but maybe not, since apparently SOS gave you a new picture license. But they may have given it to you by mistake. You can call the district court to see if they have any pending charges against you. Get an attorney's help. Don't wait, since key evidence, such as videos, may disappear quickly. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
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