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What Happens During A DUI Arraignment

by Ray Barnes

If you have never been arrested and charged with a crime, then you probably have no idea what happens after your arrest. Your first appearance in court is called the arraignment, and the following are the major events to expect during this session:

The Judge Will Read Your Charges

This is the time you will know of all the charges against you. Just because you were arrested for DUI, it doesn't mean it is the only charge you will be facing. Other related charges may include:

  • Drug possession (if you were also found with a controlled substance)
  • Child endangerment (if you had a child in your car)
  • Violation of open container laws (if you had an open a liquor bottle in the car)

The specific charges you will face will depend on the circumstances of your arrest.

The Issue of Legal Representation Will Be Mentioned

In addition to reading the charges against you, the judge will ask whether you have legal representation. This is necessary because every criminal suspect is entitled to legal representation.  If you don't have your own DUI attorney, then you may be offered a court-appointed counsel, provided you qualify for it.

You Will Be Requested to Make a Plea

It is also during the arraignment that the judge will ask you to enter a plea. This is where you must say whether you are guilty, not guilty, or enter a no contest (meaning you neither admit to nor contest the charge) plea. Most criminal lawyers believe a not guilty plea is the best option for any DUI suspect that hasn't had a chance to consult with their lawyer. You can always change this plea later, if there is a need, after consulting with your lawyer.

Make A Ruling on Your Bail Amount

The issue of your bail will also come up during the arraignment, even if it had been discussed before. The judge will determine if the bail is adequate or it should be raised or lowered. You may even be released on your own recognizance, which is legal speak for getting released after promising that you will make the next court date (without paying bail).

Dates for Future Proceedings Will Be Discussed

Before closing the session, the judge will mention the dates for future proceedings related to your case. This is where you will know when your preliminary trial will take place. If there is any pretrial motion in your case, this is where you will know its date, too. It's important to be extra keen here so that you don't miss any court date.

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