Answer: I would not recommend representing yourself on a DUI case, or any other misdemeanor or felony for that matter. Although I recommend hiring private counsel, if that is not an option, generally speaking, you are better off with a public defender than representing yourself. You may get frustrated that the public defender does not have the time to speak to you about your case in detail, but there are a lot of intricacies with DUI cases, and with the law and Court in general. Also, with a public defender, you must be present in court for each hearing, which can take all day. With a privately retained attorney, you generally do not have to appear in court on misdemeanors (although there are exceptions to this).
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