Court Date

The first part of your court process with a DUI charge will be appearing in court for your arraignment. You will be given the option to hire a private attorney for representation but if you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for a court-appointed public defender (or you may choose to represent yourself as it is your constitutional right).

 

You will be handed a copy of the formal charges being filed against you and occasionally the police report, and you will be asked how you plead: guilty, not guilty or no contest.

 

Finally, you will be given a date for your next court appearance where, in most cases, a plea bargain will be reached. If you chose to deny the plea bargain, your case will go to trial.

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Make sure you appear at every court date for which you are scheduled.

What You Need To Know

  • Make sure you appear at every court date.
  • DUI laws are complicated. It is important to take the time to understand the laws and/or consult with an attorney.
  • We do not recommend representing yourself in court even if you cannot afford a private attorney. You have the right to an attorney and the court will work with you on payments.
  • MyDUISolution.com strongly advises you consult with a DUI lawyer! They will be able to suggest the best defense strategies for you and your individual DUI case.
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