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    Question California DUI, How to Negotiate a Deal with the D.A.

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: CA

    A few weeks ago I got pulled over for driving without my headlights on just after midnight - a lawful reason to be pulled over - I took the FST and did ok, but blew a .152 on the breathalyzer. I have come to the conclusion that I do not need to pay a DUI Lawyer a few thousand dollars for defense when all lawyers I spoke with said they had no reason to take this trial. I feel I can negotiate a fair and reasonable sentence on my own. If I get into trouble I will of course then hire a lawyer. My question is, how do I begin communication with the DA? Do I plead innocent first? Do I need to arrange a meeting before the court appearance? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    LSN

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    Default Re: California DUI, How to Negotiate a Deal with the D.A.

    You're free to try to negotiate your own plea deal. You can try contacting the D.A. to see if he'll talk to you; often they won't talk to unrepresented individuals until the date of a court hearing.

    You would not want to plead guilty before you negotiate a deal as, quite obviously, that would prevent you from negotiating a deal.

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    Default Re: California DUI, How to Negotiate a Deal with the D.A.

    If a deal is possablie a lawyer would be the best person to arrrange one, see if you can get a legal aid.

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