My son (student) was arrested last year for driving under the influence. He needs to appear in court on 20 June. He is convinced that he was not over the limit, however, I am a concerned mother. I obviously want to help my child, but cannot afford to through a lot of money a it. I understand that a lawyer could potentially help to get a diverted sentence, being first offense, should he be found guilty.
Would it be better to have a lawyer present at the court. My concern is that we might sit there all day and then found not quilty any way, or have the case postponed if they dont have the results back.
My questions are as follows:
1) Can he find out if the test results are back prior to the court date ?
2) Could he go to court, and if found guilty then ask for postponement in order to get legal representation
3) If he is found guilty, can he ask for a diverted sentence, or is that only possible if you use a lawyer ?
3) Should they postpone the case, does he have the right to ask for an alternative date if the court date co-incides with a test / exam ?
What would your advise be to minimise legal costs but at the same time have the best chance not to get a criminal record ?
Thank you very much.