My question involves criminal law for the state of: Missouri
Here's my first thread about how I encountered the 2nd DUI:
My court date is in a week and I'm struggling to find a lawyer still. Having talked to 5 lawyers already, they are almost all saying the same thing. Basically each one is charging in the $2K range and said there's most likely gonna be a fine, court cost and thats probably gonna be it. The DUI will probably not be reduced or dropped. I asked if we could push for community service or probation or even jail time (only to avoid the fine) and they all just said "yeah, we could do that." I dont really know what to think, seems like they cant really do much but push for the fine.
I dont want to cough up $2K in lawyer fees and then have to pay another $1K in fines. I dont mind doing community service, probation or even going to jail (just taking responsibility for my actions). Money is tight for me right now. I can go represent myself, but I'd rather have a lawyer with me. How would I go about getting a court appointed lawyer? Do I plead "no contest" and then ask for a court appointed lawyer?