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Typically, when you are charged with a DUI you will be required to appear in the district court where your charge was issued.

  • Because a DUI charge is considered a criminal offense, your case will be heard in a criminal court.
  • If the result of your DUI caused personal injury or property damage to other individuals, your case may also be heard in civil court. Civil court is for cases where the prosecution seeks financial compensation for the physical, emotional and professional damage caused from the DUI incident.
  • You may also have a hearing regarding your case at the Department of Motor Vehicle or other administrative court where the sanctions and license suspension/revocation will be determined.

Things that Matter:

  • Most courts do not communicate with each other, so it is up to you to make sure you have a good understanding of what to do and when to do it.
  • Understanding the conditions of your charge will be the determining factor for which court you will appear in for your hearing.

Helpful Hints:

If you face a civil lawsuit from the injured party that seeks financial compensation, being represented by an experienced trial lawyer can be extremely beneficial to you.  They know the process and will make sure that you are not being taken advantage of financially. 

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