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.

Find Providers

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.
  • 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.
Next: Types of Court