When charged with a DUI, the requirement to appear in court for your arraignment is the first important court date in your legal process. At the arraignment, you will be handed a copy of the formal charges filed against you (and occasionally the police report). You will then be asked to plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. Finally, you will be given a date for your next court appearance. It is strongly advised to consult with a defense attorney to help you decide on a plea that is appropriate for your situation.
Things that Matter:
- DUI laws are complicated. It is important to take the time to understand the laws and/or consult with an attorney to help you become informed.
- Many DUI cases conclude at the arraignment phase due to convincing evidence.
- Make sure that you show up to every court date for which you are scheduled.
- Representing yourself in court is not recommended, even if private counsel seems unaffordable.
A private attorney with DUI case experience will be able to suggest the best strategy for you throughout the legal process.
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