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What should my client say and do on first appearance in Court on a DUI/DWI/Impaired Driving charge in a particular state or province? Should they bring an attorney's letter? Is it necessary to mention if they are pleading guilty or not guilty? How does someone get disclosure? How does an accused get emergency help on first appearance? What is it like to appear in Court? What clothing is appropriate? How long will I have to wait? Should I wait until my name is called or should I speak to the Crown Attorney or District Attorney right away?

What happens with bail? Will the client be released right away? Do they need a surety?


  Law Office of James C. Forslund Englewood , CO , US

Fail to appear in person or by an attorney and a warrant will issue for your arrest

Most arraignments are handled by mail if there is an attorney of record. Bonds are rare on standard first offenses, though this varies by county.

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  Ron Jourard Toronto , ON , CA

- Hire a lawyer *before* your first appearance. Not only will you breathe easier with a lawyer in court, but a lawyer can spot problems that may ultimately save your driver's licence.

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  Stephen R. Biss, Barrister & Solicitor Mississauga , ON , CA

Free Telephone Consultation: 905-273-3322 or 1-877-273-3322

Any time that you appear in a DUI court or a criminal laws court, you should be appropriately dressed in good quality clothing to show respect to the Court. Always be on time for your court appearance. On first appearance in Ontario, Canada, the accused person should ask for an adjournment for two or three weeks so that he or she may properly retain a criminal law lawyer with expertise in DUI, DWI, Youth Court law, or other specific area of criminal law. A disclosure package of police officers' notes and witness statements may be given out by the Crown as well as a synopsis of the DUI charge, a breath room video and a charge screening form. Safeguard these handouts and bring them to your criminal law lawyer immediately. You will not be asked to indicate a plea on first appearance. Duty counsel is usually available for emergency advice.

You may be wondering, "Should I plead guilty to drinking and driving or can I fight the DUI charge?" Remember, there will be costly insurance implications if you are convicted. For best results, hire a lawyer with substantial DUI laws or other experience related to this area of criminal law . Make notes of what happened using The Canadian Impaired Driving Checklist and bring them to your lawyer. Mississauga, Brampton, and Toronto criminal law lawyer, Stephen Biss has extensive experience in defending DUI, drunk driving and care or control cases since 1979. He also has the experience of prosecuting DUI impaired driving matters as a Part-time Assistant Crown Attorney in Mississauga, Brampton, and Orangeville.

First appearance in a busy , Ontario DUI courthouse can be intimidating. Do not bring sharp objects, knives, drugs, or cell phones into courthouse. Security at the entrance to the DUI Courthouse may seize these objects from you. Some Greater Toronto Area courthouses have security similar to an airport. It is unwise to carry a cell phone since it may accidentally ring in DUI Court and you may receive a nasty scolding from the criminal court judge. Some judges in the Greater Toronto Area order that cell phones shall be seized in the courtroom and placed on the clerk's desk only to be returned once criminal Court is finished. Besides creating the obvious nuisance if they ring, cell phones can also interfere with sensitive voice lift and recording equipment in the criminal law courthouse. Ask your DUI attorney for more information about what you should do and not do in DUI and criminal court in Ontario.

Other Ontario DUI Links:

  1. Summaries of DUI Law for Ontario

  2. Ontario Drunk Driving Information Page

  3. Case Briefs for Ontario DUI Laws, Criminal Laws, Charter of Rights

  4. Can I Fight My Ontario DUI Laws Charge?

  5. Should I Plead Guilty to DUI in Ontario?

  6. What Happens in Real Ontario DUI Laws Litigation if Fought Well 

  7. What to Do On DUI Court First Appearance

  8. What to Wear to Ontario DUI Court

  9. Being Early for Ontario DUI DWI Court

  10. Directory of DUI Courthouses in Ontario

  11. Directory of Ontario Motor Vehicle Offices

  12. BAC Instruments used in Ontario DUI Court Cases

  13. DUI Breath and Blood Collection Standards and Departments Responsible

  14. Can I Visit Ontario, Canada with a DUI, DWI, OUI, OWI?

  15. DUI Legislation in Ontario

    1. Substantive DUI/Excess Alcohol Offense

    2. DUI Refusal Offense/Presumption

    3. DUI Administrative Driver's License Suspension

    4. Drinking and Driving Procedure/Evidence

    5. DUI Penalties Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition

    6. DUI Drive While Suspended Offense

    7. Immigration, Exclusion of Visitors resulting from DUI

    8. Reciprocal DUI Agreements

    9. Constitutional Rights in DUI Cases

    10. Pardons for an Ontario DUI

  16. Other Criminal Non-DUI Legislation

  17. DUI Attorneys - Lists by County in Ontario

  18. List of DUI Attorneys and Practice Descriptions

  19. Avocats  Ontatio DUI, droit criminel

  20. Adwokaci Ontario DUI, prawo kryminalne

  21. List of Ontario DUI Forensic Experts and Practice Descriptions

  22. Ontario DUI Data and Links to DUI Statutes

  23. The Ontario Impaired Driving Checklist

  24. The Ontario Drinking Driver's Worksheet

  25. Ontario DUI and Criminal Defense Character Reference Letters

  26. Ontario Court of Appeal DUI Judgments

  27. Law Society of Upper Canada

  28. ON Lawyer Name Search

  29. ON Lawyer Referral

  30. Legal Aid Ontario DUI Research

  31. Articles and Writings

    1. Ontario DUI Attorney Articles and Writings

    2. Ontario DUI Lawyer Articles and Writings

    3. Ontario Drunk Driving Attorney Articles and Writings

    4. Ontario Drunk Driving Lawyer Articles and Writings





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