When Will I not have to go to DWI court again... Why another continuance please help?

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    When Will I not have to go to DWI court again... Why another continuance please help?

    2 months ago I got my first ever DWI at a license check at age 27. I had a clean record before. I got it suspended for 30 days. I got it back at my first court session back around September 10th. My attorney's reasoning for that continuance was he still needed to do a little research whether the police officer had probable cause to have the license check or not and to find loopholes etc. He explained it further. So my court was continued till yesterday. I had my 2nd court date yesterday, and my lawyer got me another continuance. His reasoning being that he was still waiting to have the video tape sent to him so he can review the events that happened that night. In a way I'm kind of glad because I get to drive another month till November 7th, but I was kind of shocked and upset that it was continued again because I want to get it over with because I know it will be revoked for a year unless the lawyer finds something in that video he has to review. My attorney has been honest with me and told me at the beginning that I won't be convicted on the first court session. Is looking at the video from the police car even necessary? When will I not have to go to anymore court sessions? I know I will get a limited license as well from 6am till 8pm like I did get a couple weeks in that 30 day suspension period.


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    A lot of times attorneys will continue cases because of conflict on their schedule with other cases but they won't always admit it to the client. However, it is very possible that your attorney is still waiting to obtain additional discovery to help build a stronger defense. Also, if he is able to obtain the video, it could be very strong evidence it if the officer did something illegal or did not follow the police manual so the answer to your question is yes, it is very necessary.
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    Your attorney is doing the best he can to help you get over it. Take your time!!! You have just been in a big mess. I don't think you can walk away from it quickly.

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    I think the advice given here is right on target by both people. Drunk driving is a serious crime even though it doesn't seem that way since too many walk. You're in trouble. Your attorney really needs to walk into court with as much ammo as he or she can to get you off. That may require patience on your part. If you want to walk into court unprepared then be prepared to take your chances and later, if you're convicted, you can decide whether this was a good idea.