Understanding DUI Arraignment

Have you recently been arrested for DUI?  Are you wondering what happens next? If you have been arrested for DUI the next step will be to schedule your arraignment.

If you have never been arrested for DUI before you may be wondering what exactly will happen during your arraignment.  Arraignments are scheduled to figure out the details of your specific case, as well as give you a chance to enter a plea.  Appearing for arraignment will take place in criminal court. Continue reading to learn more about the arraignment process.

The Importance of Representation

If this is your first arrest for DUI, it is likely that you don’t know what the next step is.  When going into your arraignment it is advisable that you have an attorney present to represent you if possible.  In situations where you are unable to retain your own lawyer, the justice system will provide you with a public defender to handle your case.  While it may be tempting to go in without any representation at all, it is typically not recommended by the courts. With so much at stake with a DUI arrest, you don’t want to wait.  Be sure to figure out which way you will obtain legal counsel immediately proceeding an arrest for DUI.

What to Do Next

Before entering the courtroom for your arraignment, you need to consider how you will plead.  You may plead either guilty or not guilty to the charges of DUI that have been brought against you.  If you have decided to forgo a lawyer’s assistance during your arraignment, make sure you have already decided how you will plead beforehand.  In such situations, at a minimum it is wise to seek legal counsel prior to the arraignment to ensure you are pleading in a way that is most beneficial to your case.  An attorney can help you weigh out all the options and fully understand your legal rights.

What Does Waiving Time Entail?

When you get to the arraignment be aware that the judge will ask for your consent to waive time.  In layman’s terms, waving time can be summed up as allowing the courts to operate on their own timetable regarding when your case will be tried.  Not all cases will go to trial, but if you have waived time, the courts will no longer be subject to any specific deadline for trying your case.  

What If I Change My Mind and Regret Waiving Time?

It is easy to make a quick decision and later regret it.  If you find that you regret your decision to waive time all hope is not lost; changes of mind happen.  Thankfully, it is as easy as talking to your attorney and requesting that your time waiver be withdrawn.

Being arrested for DUI can be scary and confusing.  Don’t navigate these uncertain waters alone. A skilled DUI attorney can assist you with the ins and out of the court system and fight for you!  Ensure a better outcome for your case with the assistance and expertise of a DUI defense attorney!