Judges look at attempts to rehabilitate. They don't like people who have a history of breaking the law. The judge is going to see your bro has a history of driving drunk, not carrying insurance, and not following the laws in general.
He obviously did not learn from whatever his sentence was last time(s) so the judge will probably escalate his punishment, so maybe he gets the message. Plus, he has now hit someone, probably hurt them, so there is a victim involved. That also ups the ante. They tend to be a little more lienient when its just a straight DWI. The fact he hit someone is a whole new ball game.
Based on his records of contempt for the law, I would say he should expect jail or at the very least mandation into a drug and alcohol rehab program. In addition, he can kiss his lic good bye.
Right now your brother needs help. Just from the simple facts you provide, he has a serious drinking problem and should seek help. He is obviuosly not paying his bills, yet has money to get drunk. He has a few DWI's. He is a alcoholic.
My advice? get a lawyer and your bro should sign himself into a 30 day (or more) INPATIENT detox and alcohol rehab. Do this BEFORE going to court. Do it this afternoon. His lawyer will tell the court where he is and they will delay any court dates until he is done. When he completes it and goes back to court, the judge will look very favorably on the fact he has already begun to address his problem and MAY give him a chance (again) to continue his rehab on his own, rather than send him to jail. Your bro needs to realize this rehab trick only works once and unless he goes to AA and gets his life in order, he may as well just go to jail now and stop wasting everyones time, as he will get arrested again and again. By going to rehab NOW before being ordered to by the court, he is showing he knows he has a problem and is trying to deal with it. The courts like that. The only thing is, he needs to go NOW. As soon after his arrest as possible, not after the courts tell him
Good luck to you and your Bro. This is a sickness and he needs help and support as long as he tries to do the right thing. Don't enable him, but give him support if he choses to get help for his problems. You may also want to try al-anon. It is for families and helps them deal with the drunk in their lives.
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