Hayward, CA asked in DUI / DWI for California

Q: I have a friend who is being charge of dui, hit and run, driving while intoxicated,

Resisting arrest of executive officer (pc69) what is the worst thing can happened to him or what can he do to reduce charges

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David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Ventura, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: PC 69 is either probation and some jail or 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in prison. The other charges are about 0 to 30-45 days typically.

Good Luck!

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Alison Lee Bermant
Alison Lee Bermant
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Truckee, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Your friend definitely needs a lawyer to help in court. If he or she cannot afford to hire a private lawyer they absolutely should request a public defender. PC 69 is a felony which carries up to 3 years in prison (although county jail prison). An attorney will need some good ammunition in terms of mitigation, depending on the facts that give rise to that offense, to get the charge reduced to a misdemeanor. Enroll in the DUI class that is needed now, attend AA meetings, and get good character letters. That's a good start until more facts are known.

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John Karas
John Karas
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Temecula, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: There is nothing your friend can do to reduce the charges. Hiring a highly skilled, criminal defense lawyer with experience handling resisting arrest cases, which is the most serious of the offenses charged, is the best thing he can do.

PC 69 is a "wobbler" meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If charged as a felony and reduced to a misdemeanor to induce him to plead out (as a Public Defender or most lawyers would and consider it a "win"), he will be a marked man for the rest of his life. Copy and paste the link below that explains why and click the section pertaining to PC 69.

https://johnkaraslaw.com/practice-areas/resisting-arrest/

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed...but i would guess 1 1/2 yrs to 2-3 yrs.

how serious was the H&R? How serious were the injuries? was there a high speed chase? did your friend surrender? Priors? what court? how old?

all these can affect the results........

your friend needs to hire a local criminal lawyer asap or ask the judge to appoint the public defender at the arraignment.

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