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DUI : Driving Under the Influence; DWI : Driving While Intoxicated; OUI: Operating Under the Inflence; OWI: Operating While Intoxicated; Impaired Driving: Impaired in Canada to Slightest Degree; Over 80: Excess BAC alcohol in Canada over 80 mg/100mL;  Care  or Control:  Occupy seat normally occupied by operator in Canada,  act or series of acts  involving use of car , fittings or equipment


 

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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?

 

  Sproule MacNaughton Red Deer , AB , CA

Usually, the prosecutor will have a "Disclosure Package" available for accused persons making their first appearance. Obtain the Disclosure Package, and ask the Court to adjourn the case for a reasonable period of time in order to allow consultation with counsel.

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  Davidson Gregory Danyluik Edmonton , AB , CA

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  Ravi Prithipaul Edmonton , AB , CA

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  Thomas E. Plupek Law Office Edmonton , AB , CA

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  Savage Silver Kiss & Virk Calgary , AB , CA

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  Savage Silver Kiss & Virk Calgary , AB , CA

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  Kasmar and Slone, P.C. Anchorage , AK , US

It is critical that you see a lawyer who is experienced in the field of DWI defense as soon as possible after you are charged. Your license will be taken upon arrest, and it is critical that you request a DMV hearing within 7 days after your arrest. Otherwise your license will be revoked by the DMV, even if you have a good defense to the charges, and even if you later win your case in court.

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  The Mallette Law Firm, PLLC Mobile , AL , US

The first appearance for a person charged with DUI is an arraignment. This is where a person enters his plea to the charged crime. Typically, they have two choices; Guilty or Not Guilty. If a person wishes to accept the penalties of the court, they enter a plea of "guilty". The DUI goes on their criminal record and they are possibly subject to enhanced penalties if they are ever convicted again for DUI. If they wish to fight, they plead "NOT GUILTY" and a trial date is set.

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  Carlisle & Carlisle, P.C. B'ham , AL , US

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  Carlisle & Carlisle, P.C. B'ham , AL , US

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  Gibbons Law Firm, P.C. Prattville , AL , US

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  Law Offices of Charnesky & Dieglio, L.L.C. Tucson , AZ , US

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  The Law Offices of Edward A. Loss III Glendale , AZ , US

DO NOT MAKE THE FIRST APPREARANCE ALONE. Your attorney will cover the first appearance unless you are advised to the contrary.

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  Rosenstein Law Group, PLLC Scottsdale , AZ , US

Plead not guilty and seek the services of an experienced DUI defense attorney.

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  LAW OFFICE OF DAVID ALAN DARBY Tucson , AZ , US

Plead not guilty and hire the best attorney you can afford. The Law Office of David Alan Darby has payment plans available.

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  Beauchamp Law Office, P.C. Phoenix , AZ , US

Plead not guilty and hire an aggressive,experienced lawyer.

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  Daniel M. Jaffe, PLLC Scottsdale , AZ , US

The first appearance in a typical Arizona DUI case is the Arraignment. There are very few circumstances where one charged with DUI should do anything other than enter a plea of NOT GUILTY. However, if there are priors DUI convictions, if there was an accident involved, or if you are from out of state and your driver license was suspended, get the advice of an experienced DUI attorney before proceeding as how you proceed may keep you out of prison. In misdemeanor DUI cases in Arizona, a retained attorney can usually take care of the first appearance without the client's presence.

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  Theodore A. Agnick, P.C. Tempe , AZ , US

This is known as an arraignment. For misdemeanor DUI, it is the court date given to you on the bottom of your ticket.

This proceeding is where you will enter a plea of guilty of not guilty. Of course, we recommend you plead not guilty. If you are represented by a lawyer, you do not need to appear in court on this date, provided your attorney handles the matter for you.

Felony DUI begins with a preliminary hearing. You must appear at this proceeding, even if you are represented by an attorney in the felony matter. At this proceeding, a judge decides whether your case should move to Superior Court following a hearing to determine probable cause.

You should exercise your right to remain silent and speak only to your attorney!

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  Mark Lazell Attorney at Law Phoenix , AZ , US

At Defendant's initial appearance in the jail court all Defendant's are pled not guilty and a bail amount is set. For felony offenses it is best to have an attorney present to facilitate Defendant's release on minimal bail.

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  LAW OFFICES OF JOSHUA S. DAVIDSON, PLC PHOENIX , AZ , US

The first court appearance for a misdemeanor DUI in Arizona is usually an "arraignment." At the arraignment, it is almost always advisable to enter a plea of not guilty. Consulting with a DUI defense attorney prior to your arraignment is always a good idea.

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  Jonathan J. Israels, Barrister & Solicitor Vancouver , BC , CA

When making a first appearance, upon arrival at the Courthouse and the corresponding Courtroom, the client is advised to check in with the Sheriff. Once the client's matter is called by the Prosecutor, the client should request a copy of the particulars and advise the Court (addressed as "Your Worship"), what instructions s/he has been given by the lawyer. Once this first appearance is completed, the client should telephone his/her lawyer and advise the date that was provided for the next Court appearance, as well as delivering the particulars to his/her lawyer, and arrange a date/time to schedule an interview to discuss the case.

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  David J. Byron, Attorney at Law Fremont , CA , US

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  Law Offices of Barry T. Simons Laguna Beach , CA , US

California Has an Administrative Suspension Law - Driver's will loose the right to challange suspensions unless they request a hearing within 10 days of the arrest. If the citizen plans on retaining an attorney, they should have the attorney make the appointment. These hearings deal with very technical rules of evidence and can only be handled effectively by attorney's who specialize. Hearings should be "In Person" not on the telephone. A citizen who is not being charged with a felony offense may appear in Court by attorney only. First appearances can be very critical since decisions about which judge will preside over the case need to be made. Citizens charged with prior offenses need to beware of the first appearance because many judges will set bail or take the citizen into custody if the citizen was on probation when the new offense occurred.

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  Attorneys at Law Bakersfield, Kern County , CA , US

At the arraignment in the Kern County Superior Court, the defendant will be read their rights and the charges against them. BAIL is set during the arraignment. Bail is an "insurance policy" that the defendant will appear before the court again. The amount of bail is determined by the seriousness of the offense and by the Judge. Bail can be $0 if the person is released "on their own recognizance (O.R.)", but it can be increased if the Judge feels that the defendant will not appear in court again. If the person fails to appear before the Kern County Superior Court, a warrant will be issued for their arrest.
During the arraignment or any proceeding in the Bakersfield court, a criminal defense attorney can bring a motion to reduce bail. The judge decides whether to reduce bail and will consider the client's risk of flight and danger to the public. In a felony case, if your attorney is asking for an O.R. release, the court will most likely set the matter over for an O.R. hearing and order an O.R. report on the defendant. This process usually takes a week. Special appearances occur when the criminal defense attorney appears in court to ask for a continuance because they have not yet been retained by the defendant and the attorney has not been able to prepare their defense. Special appearances can only be made at the first appearance/arraignment. DISCOVERY is given to the defense attorney at the arraignment, Discovery includes, but is not limited to: Bakersfield police reports, medical records, probation reports, photographs, diagrams and viewing of physical evidence. Discovery in criminal cases must be reciprocal, which means that the prosecution must provide the defense lawyer with the evidence they are using in the case. Neither the prosecution nor the defense may "hide" evidence and later introduce it during the trial.

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  Bruce Blythe & Matt Ruff Shafter, Kern County , CA , US

We can go to Court on your behalf.

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  Taft Criminal Defense & DUI Attorneys Taft , CA , US

First of all, we are sorry if you have been recently arrested for a DUI or Boating Under the Influence of Alcohol. And we hope that if you, a family member or someone else has been involved a traffic collision, that they are okay. Also, it is very important for us to learn right away if you received a temporary driver license from the arresting officer. On that form you will see that the DMV must be contacted within ten days of arrest to request a hearing to stop your automatic driver license suspension! Otherwise, on a first offense, your driver license could be suspended automatically from 4 months to one year and on a second offense for a one year license suspension! Also, please note that if you are subsequently caught driving on a suspended license, a new law says that in addition to being arrested the car you are driving will be impounded and can even be sold! However, you may still qualify for a restricted driver license! We have been handling DMV license suspension hearings for many years and we are quite successful at representing our clients and eliminating the driver license suspension. Our firm would be happy to contact DMV for you so you can continue to drive. Please call us immediately at 1-877-213-4453

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  Southern California DUI Attorney CALIFORNIA - STATEWIDE CRIMINAL DEFENSE , CA , US

The First thing anyone needs to understand is that the legal system is a very cold, unsympathetic process. Most Judges are not inclined to take the time to ensure that every person before them is getting a fair shake, that is the job of the defense attorney. Therefore, it is extremely imperative for the accused to have a legal advocate on their side. With that being said, here is the basic process with regard to an initial appearance in Court for a drunk driving arrest. At the DUI arraignment in criminal Court, the defendant will be told their rights, often by way of a videotape, and the charges the local District Attorney filed against them. The good thing is that under the Penal Code (Section 977) A local DUI Defense Attorney can make the appearance for them before the Court. During the initial appearance the lawyer can open a dialogue with the District Attorneys office and work towards a favorable resolution to the DWI or drunk driving case.
BAIL is sometimes set during the arraignment, paricularly in aggravated cases involving high blood alcohol levels, accidents, high speed allegations, where priors exist, when kids are in the car and when the person has previously been convicted of a felony or is on probation. Bail is an "insurance policy" that the defendant will appear before the court again. The amount of bail is determined by the seriousness of the offense and by the Judge. Bail can be $0 if the person is released "on their own recognizance (O.R.)", but it can be increased if the Judge feels that the defendant will not appear in court again. If the person fails to appear before the court, a warrant will be issued for their arrest.
During the DUI arraignment or any proceeding in front of the court, the attorney can bring a motion to reduce bail. The judge decides whether to reduce bail and will consider the client's risk of flight and danger to the public. In a felony case, if your attorney is asking for an O.R. release, the court will most likely set the matter over for an O.R. hearing and order an O.R. report on the defendant. This process usually takes a week. Special appearances occur when an attorney appears in court to ask for a continuance because they have not yet been retained by the defendant and the attorney has not been able to prepare their defense. Special appearances can only be made at the first appearance/arraignment. DISCOVERY is given to the defense attorney at the arraignment, Discovery includes, but is not limited to: DUI police reports, medical records, probation reports, photographs, diagrams and viewing of physical evidence. Discovery in criminal cases must be reciprocal, which means that the prosecution must provide the defense with the evidence they are using in the case. Neither the prosecution nor the defense may "hide" evidence and later introduce it during the trial.

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  San Luis Obispo County DUI Lawyer San Luis Obispo , CA , US

First of all, we are sorry if you have been recently arrested for a drunk driving, DUI, DWI, Criminal Charge or Boating Under the Influence of Alcohol in San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach or Paso Robles. And we hope that if you, a family member or someone else has been involved a traffic collision, that they are okay. Also, it is very important for us to learn right away if you received a temporary driver license from the arresting officer. On that form you will see that the DMV must be contacted within ten days of arrest to request a license suspension hearing to stop your automatic driver license suspension! Otherwise, on a first offense, your driver license could be suspended automatically from 4 months to one year and on a second offense for a one year license suspension! Also, please note that if you are subsequently caught driving on a suspended license, a new law says that in addition to being arrested the car you are driving will be impounded and can even be sold! However, you may still qualify for a restricted driver license! We have been handling DMV license suspension hearings in San Luis Obispo County for many years and we are quite successful at representing our clients and eliminating the driver license suspension. ">Get Information on blood alcohol limits for your body weight

Our firm would be happy to contact DMV for you so you can continue to drive.

Please call our San Luis Obispo office immediately at 1-877-213-4453 for a FREE CONSULTATION directly with the Lawyer (You will not be "passed off" to a paralegal or attorney assistant)

As local attorneys we can go to Court for You and completely resolve your case without you ever having to appear in the San Luis Obispo or Grover Beach Court!

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  Allen & Ehrle Claremont , CA , US

-A first appearance in California is called an Arraignment. An arraignment is the first appearance in Court for a misdemeanor or a felony. At the arraignment the defendant is formally charged, notified of what the charges are, and provided with initial discovery materials which consist of police reports, lab reports, witness statements and the like. At arraignment the prudent thing to do is to plead "not guilty". There is a common misconception that pleading not guilty at an arraignment may anger the Judge presiding over the case. This is (usually) not true. If charged with any sort of misdemeanor or felony offense, a not guilty plea and consultation with an experienced criminal attorney are absolutely necessary.

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  Law Offices of Thomas Greenberg Redwood City , CA , US

A client should contact an attorney within 10 days of arrest in order to request a hearing at the DMV to save their driver's license. The attorney can make the first appearance on most cases for misdemeanor violations in court. Generally, the only thing that happens at the first appearance is to arraign the client on the charges and obtain the complaint and discovery. Included in the discovery is a copy of the police reports and criminal history in most cases.

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  San Diego DUI Attorney Center San Diego , CA , US

Retain a DUI dedicated defense attorney to defend their rights. Ensure the attorney has scheduled their 10 day DMV Hearing on License Suspension.

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  Takakjian, Sowers & Sitkoff LLP - Certified Specialist Criminal Defense & DUI - DMV Law Los Angeles , CA , US

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  Braden & Tucci, A Professional Law Corporation Irvine , CA , US

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  Lamont DUI , Traffic and Criminal Defense Attorney Lamont / Kern County , CA , US

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  Robert L. Miller & Associates, A Law Corporation Santa Ana , CA , US

Clients in most counties are given the choice of pleading at arraignment or obtaining counsel. In Orange County and Riverside, the DA is not present at arraignment to make offers, and offers are made by the court. In Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Diego, and San Bernardino Counties, the DA or prosecutor is present and typically offers the minimum for a first time DUI, which includes an alcohol school, license restriction, work service in some courts, and fines and fees from $1,200 to $1,800.00.

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  Campbell & DeMetrick San Francisco , CA , US

Contact a DUI defense lawyer immediately after your arrest.

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  Law Offices of William C. Makler Santa Barbara , CA , US

Ask for additional time to secure qualified defense counsel.

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  Law Office Santa Barbara , CA , US

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  Law Office Sacramento , CA , US

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  Darren T. Kavinoky Woodland Hills , CA , US

You, or someone you care about, have just been arrested for DUI. What now?

Why Fight? If you don’t fight your case, if you go into court and plead guilty to drunk driving and throw yourself on the mercy of the judge and prosecutor, there is a 100% chance that you will be convicted of drunk driving. I’ll say it again: if you plead guilty to DUI, you will be found guilty of DUI. I guarantee it.

When someone is arrested, the criminal process will vary, depending upon whether they are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor case is one where the maximum punishment is one year in county jail, a fine, or a combination of jail and a fine. In a felony case, the punishment is much more severe, and can include confinement in state prison, or in some extremely serious cases, death.

In a misdemeanor case, the first appearance is called the arraignment. The main purpose of the arraignment is for the accused to enter a plea. If the accused pleads not guilty, the case is scheduled for pre-trial conferences and then trial. A conviction requires 12 jurors to agree that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

In felony cases, the first appearance is the arraignment. Next, the case is set for a preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing is a hearing in front of a judge (not a jury), where the judge listens to the testimony of witnesses and determines whether there is sufficient evidence to make the defendant stand trial.

If the judge decides that there is enough evidence for the accused to be brought to trial, the defendant has another arraignment, pre-trial conferences, and then trial. A conviction requires 12 jurors to agree that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

If you or someone you care about is involved in the criminal process, you can contact Darren T. Kavinoky, a Los Angeles DUI Lawyer for a free consultation about the case.

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  Attorney at Law Santa Cruz , CA , US

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  Law Offices of Kenton Koszdin Van Nuys , CA , US

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  Law Offices of Lawrence Taylor Long Beach, San Francisco, Irvine, San Diego, Pasadena, Woodland Hills, and Riverside , CA , US

Attorney can appear in place of defendant. If no attorney has yet been retained, ask judge for short continuance (1-2 weeks) to retain counsel. To contest license suspension, must demand a hearing from DMV within 10 days of arrest/supension.

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  Kapsack & Bair, LLP Oakland , CA , US

If you have not obtained an attorney you should attend the arraignment, plead not guilty and waive time to obtain an attorney. However, prior to the first court appearance, you MUST request a hearing from the Department of Motorvehicles within ten days of your arrest or you will lose your license regardless of the facts of the case (Even actual innocence).

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  Los Angles Criminal Defense, A Professional Corporation Culver City , CA , US

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  San Diego DUI Lawyer Firm San Diego , CA , US

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  Southern California DUI Defense Los Angeles , CA , US

This is the first court date. If the charge is misdemeanor DUI, your attorney can appear for you (meaning you don't have to be present) at this court date. The same is usually true for all future court dates. At the arraignment, your attorney (1) enters a plea of "not guilty" on your behalf, (2) receives the initial set of police and scientific reports, and (3) sets the case for a pre-trial court date to occur a few weeks later. At this point our staff investigates and begins to develop the defenses and favorable issues in your case. This preparation may include:

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  Redondo Beach DUI Attorney Redondo Beach / South Bay / Torrance , CA , US

First of all, we are sorry if you have been recently arrested for a Redondo Beach DUI, drunk driving or Redondo Beach Boating Under the Influence of Alcohol. And we hope that if you, a family member or someone else has been involved a traffic collision, that they are okay. Also, it is very important for us to learn right away if you received a temporary driver license from the arresting officer (usually a pink piece of paper). On that form you will see that the DMV must be contacted within ten days of arrest to request a hearing to stop your automatic driver license suspension! Otherwise, on a first offense, your driver license could be suspended automatically from 4 months to one year and on a second offense for a one year or two year license suspension! Also, please note that if you are subsequently caught driving on a suspended license, a new law says that in addition to being arrested the car you are driving will be impounded and can even be sold! However, you may still qualify for a restricted driver license! We have been handling Redondo Beach DMV license suspension hearings for many years and we are quite successful at representing our clients and eliminating the driver license suspension. Our firm would be happy to contact DMV for you so you can continue to drive.

Please call our local Redondo Beach DUI Attorney for more information at 310-527-4100 or toll free at 1-877-213-4453.

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  Southern California Criminal Defense Lawyer - , CA , US

The police are permitted to hold a suspect for up to 72 hours after the arrest. If you are arrested on the weekend, then you can be held for one more day. For example: if you are taken in on a Thursday before a holiday weekend, a client can spend up to four or five days before they see a judge. Your attorney can appear for you in the San Luis Obispo Court in most cases, the Court is part of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. You don’t have to be present if you are represented by private counsel. All DWI charges from San Luis Obispo go to the Criminal Department in the Courthouse on Monterey. All cases are prosecuted by the b SLO District Attorney. All Drunk Driving and alcohol charges in Oceano Dunes, Grover Beach are heard in the Court on South 16th Street in the city of Grover Beach. You can call the booking information line at the jail or the arresting agency to find out your arraignment date. At the arraignment, the defendant will be read their rights and the charges against them.

BAIL is set during the arraignment. Bail is an "insurance policy" that the defendant will appear before the court again. The amount of bail is determined by the seriousness of the offense and by the Judge. Bail can be $0 if the person is released "on their own recognizance (O.R.)", but it can be increased if the Judge feels that the defendant will not appear in court again. If the person fails to appear before the court, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. During the arraignment or any proceeding in front of the court, a criminal defense attorney can bring a motion to reduce bail. The judge decides whether to reduce bail and will consider the client's risk of flight and danger to the public. In a felony case, if your attorney is asking for an O.R. release, the court will most likely set the matter over for an O.R. hearing and order an O.R. report on the defendant. This process usually takes a week.

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  Santa Clarita DUI, Criminal Defense and Traffic Lawyers Valencia , CA , US

The initial appearance in the Santa Clarita Court in Valencia is known as the arraignment. Rumor has it that it is the most worrisome and stress inducing period of time leading up to attendance in a judicial setting. The arraignment is a time to enter a plea on the DUI or criminal charge. It is never advisable to plead guilty to any DUI or criminal charge without first consulting with a Santa Clarita DUI Lawyer. In most cases the DUI discovery is requested at this time. Knowing what to request from the prosecuting attorney is crucial to the outcome of your DUI case. Certain motions such as motions to dismiss and supress evidence can be filed with the Court. The judge will also consider bail at this time. Even though the person may have been released on their "own recognizance", the judge can revoke this and require bail be posted. This is most often seen when the defendant has priors, an accident with injury was caused or a high blood alcohol level.

As local Santa Clarita and Valencia DUI Lawyers we can appear for you on your DUI, DWI, Speeding Ticket or Criminal Defense Case in Santa Clarita, we know the DUI DWI Law in Santa Clarita CA Superior Court. We know the "ins and outs" of DUI law for criminal defense and Santa Clarita DUI OWI OUI DWI and Drunk Driving arrests including Santa Clarita Drug Possession Defense


We can help to save your license at the DMV and help you to AVOID JAIL and keep a Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Castaic Attorney, Stevenson Ranch, Lancaster, Palmdale DWI Attorney, Drunk Driving or Santa Clarita California DUI off your record.
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Call the Valencia Criminal Defense Attorney, serving the entire Santa Clarita Valley, for a free case review directly with the Lawyer, you will not be "passed off" to a paralegal or attorney assistant. Our local number is (661) 327-7833.

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  Law Offices of George A. Boyle Bakersfield , CA , US

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  Law Offices of Mary Frances Prevost San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Vista , CA , US

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  Law Offices of Michael Richmond El Cajon , CA , US

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  The Center for DUI & Criminal Defense Beverly Hills , CA , US

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  Ehline Law Firm Los Angeles , CA , US

Hire a DUI lawyer before doing anything and do not forget to request a DMV hearing within 10 days of your DUI arrest.

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  Law Offices of John A. Campanella Sacramento , CA , US

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  Ehline Law Firm PC Los Angeles , CA , US

Hire a DUI lawyer before doing anything and do not forget to request a DMV hearing within 10 days of your DUI arrest.

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  Joshua M. Dale, Esq. San Francisco , CA , US

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you are charged with either a felony or misdemeanor. In this area of criminal law, you can be convicted based solely on the “opinion” of the arresting officer. The penalties for DUI crimes are severe. There are mandatory jail sentences, fines, classes, probation, and other sanctions as punishment. You can also be subject to “enhancements” and “special allegations” (extra punishments). All this depends on the charges and the facts of your case. Stay tough.

Your case can be dismissed with appropriate help. All California criminal cases begin in the criminal court of the county in which you were arrested. The District Attorney (DA) receives and reviews the police officer’s report to decide whether to prosecute you. In many counties, police reports in DUI and associated crimes are routinely filed. The prosecutor knows if you don’t have a lawyer, you’ll probably take a conviction. They assume you either “feel” guilty or just want to avoid going back to court. Either way you can be convicted of something worse than the truth. Since the police arrested you, you must be guilty of something, right? Wrong!

People are jailed after making hasty decisions. Don’t make the same mistakes. When charges are filed against you, your court case begins. This is your first opportunity to investigate the case, since they will turn over the police reports at the first court appearance. The date cannot be changed and the case cannot be transferred to your county of residence, except in very rare situations. Remember, what you wear in court can help your case. If you or your attorney do not appear, the judge will issue a warrant for your arrest.

There are three ways most cases are handled in court:

  1. plead guilty or no contest.
  2. come back with your private attorney.
  3. come back with a public defender.

Don’t be cheated in the process. An attorney is your best defense. He or she can prepare you for success in court and at the DMV. Be aware that the DMV will revoke your license and your insurance rates greatly increase unless you fight.

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  Burbank DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney Burbank , CA , US

The Burbank DUI Courthouse in Los Angeles County is located at 300 E. Olive Avenue in the City of Burbank California 91502. The Burbank Court handles both civil and criminal matters 5 days a week. The Superior Court is comprised of seven divisions and has four full time judges and three commissioners. Divisions 1, 2 and G hear criminal cases, most traffic matters, such as speeding ticket offenses, are heard in division 3. For all criminal cases and traffic matters the first Court appearance is known as the arraignment and is a time for a plea to be entered. The Court allows private attorneys to appear on behalf of his or her client on most misdemeanor, infraction and traffic cases such as DUI, and speeding ticket charges. The telephone number to the Court is (818) 557-3482

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  Matt Ruff & Bruce Blythe Taft, Kern County Office , CA , US

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  San Diego County DUI Law Center, a Professional Corporation San Diego , CA , US

Do not appear. You must have an attorney. If you do appear, ask to continue the arraignment to retain an attorney.

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  Law Offices of George A. Boyle Bakersfield , CA , US

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  Law Office San Antonio , CO , US

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  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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  The Law Firm Of Taggart H. Howard, P.C. Vail , CO , US

If a client goes to a first appearance on their own, they should inform the District Attorney that they are attempting to hire a lawyer, and ask for a brief "continuance" in order to retain counsel.

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  DANIEL & THOM, P.C. Colorado Springs , CO , US

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  Law Offices of J.B. Katz, P.C. Breckenridge , CO , US

Your first appearance in Summit County and most surrounding counties will be waived if you hire an attorney. If you appear yourself, admit to nothing and ask for a continuance so that you can hire an attorney.

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  Ruane Attorneys At Law Bridgeport , CT , US

Contact a lawyer prior to first court date. It is possible to avoid appearance on the first court date when represented

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  Law Offices of David H. Dworski, P.C. Fairfield , CT , US

HIRE AN ATTORNEY WHO'S FOCUS IS DWI DEFENSE. The law is VERY technical and difficult for the arresting authorities to comply with error free. The Client should consult with a DWI professional IMMEDIATELY after arrest. This allows the most accurate & thorough reconstruction of events from memory, assisting the defense.

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  Geoffrey Miller, Solicitor Hale, Altrincham , EN , GB

Ask for the case to be adjourned so he can consult a lawyer, most clients are bailed by the Police and there is no surety or bond required.

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  James M. Burns, Attorney at Law Pensacola , FL , US

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  Michael J. Kessler, Attorney at Law Fort Pierce , FL , US

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  As Seen On The Apprentice The Law Offices of Brent Buckman, P.A. Port St. Lucie , FL , US

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  Robert S. Reiff, P.A. Miami , FL , US

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  The Law Offices of William L. Nelson III, P.A. Fort Walton Beach , FL , US

Contact the firm within ten days of arrest to preserve your right to dispute suspension of your license. Failure to do so will waive your right to formal review.

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  The Law Offices of William L. Nelson III, P.A. Fort Walton Beach , FL , US

Contact the firm within ten days of arrest to preserve your right to dispute suspension of your license. Failure to do so will waive your right to formal review.

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  Law Office of Thomas S. Hudson, P.A. Sarasota , FL , US

Plead not guilty. Ask for time to get an attorney. Immediately (within ten days) demand a formal administrative hearing on your license suspension. This will give you temporary driving privileges.

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  Steven G. Casanova P.A. Melbourne , FL , US

Call an attorney, and get a bond, do not go on the pre-trial release program.

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  Hoot Crawford P.A. Panama City , FL , US

Inform the COurt of his contacts with the community Remember that the first appearance is videotaped and can be used against him

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  Adam Frankel, P.A. Boca Raton , FL , US

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  Doug Andrews Law Office Savannah , GA , US

Numerous courts have different procedures. Usually, you may request one continuance to obtain an attorney. Should keep the case in the lower (committal) court until you have consulted with local counsel. Make sure you have consulted with counsel before the 10th business day after arrest to avoid automatic suspension on 30th day after arrest.

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  Black Law Offices, LLC Toccoa , GA , US

A client should see a DUI lawyer less than ten business days after arrest to appeal any administrative action on the client's license. It is inadvisable for a person to go to court on a DUI in Georgia, without first consulting with a DUI lawyer, but if they do so, a plea of not guilty should be entered and a demand for jury trial made.

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  J. Michael Mullis, Attorney at Law Valdosta , GA , US

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  Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis, LLC Atlanta , GA , US

If the person has not made "bond", an appearance will set to set a bond amount. By using cash, real estate or a bonding company (which charges a 12% fee), the person may be released by the judge until a return court date called an "arraignment". The arraignment is typically set a few weeks ahead, to allow the person time to consult an attorney. At this arraignment hearing, a plea of "guilty", "not guilty" or "nolo contendere" (no contest) may be offered. Any "not guilty" pleas are then placed either on a trial calendar or a "motions" calendar (if any pre-trial motions are filed), to be heard at a future date. If a person is unrepresented, he or she should not discuss the facts of the case AT ALL at the pre-trial hearings, but generally should just try to get out of jail on bond. Because certain valuable rights can be lost by not filing certain motions and demurrers at or before arraignment, an attorney is needed for virtually all cases before this stage of the case.

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  Daniels & Rothman, PC Athens , GA , US

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  Law Firm Wheaton , IL , US

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  Fagan, Fagan & Davis Des Plaines , IL , US

Best practice is to hire an attorney prior to appearing for the first court date. In many cases, timing is of the essence in protecting driving priviliges and securing the best pre-trial positioning for a solid defense.

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  Ramsell & Armamentos, L.L.C. Wheaton , IL , US

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  Law Offices of Michael Baker Chicago , IL , US

Plead NOT GUILTY and hire the best attorney you can afford. When you are arrested for Driving Under the Influence (alcohol, drugs or combination thereof) and fail a blood alcohol level test or refuse to submit to a test, your license will be suspended starting 46 days after the arrest. Before the suspension starts, you may request to have a hearing in court which will stop the suspension. Also, you may be eligible for a Judicial Driving Permit license for work or medical reasons while your license is suspended. You will appear before a judge. The judge will ask you if you are guilty or not guilty. The policeman who arrested you will often be there to testify and consult with the Assistant State's Attorney. You are entitled to a trial before a jury. You also are entitled to have a lawyer and to subpoena witnesses to testify for you, and to cross-examine any evidence presented against you. The judge will give you at least one continuance so that you may obtain a lawyer and interview potential witnesses.

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  Law Office Oak Park , IL , US

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  Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin Chicago , IL , US

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  Ramsell & Armamentos, L.L.C. Wheaton , IL , US

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  Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC Arlington Heights , IL , US

It is best to retain an attorney before your 1st appearance. Otherwise, plead not guilty and then consult an attorney.

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  STARK LAW OFFICES, P.C. INDIANAPOLIS , IN , US

It is essential that a client contact an attorney immediately so as to initiate communication before the assigned prosecutor before a decision on the file has been made. Too frequently failure to initiate such communicatiion could lead an overzealous prosecutor to assume that a client will ultimately be represented by a public defender. Keep in mind that a prosecutor's success is determined by the severity and sureness of consistant punishment, a clien't best interests are not foremost in their mind unless the client/attorney make it foremost in their mind.

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  Randall L. Cable Attorney At Law Indianapolis , IN , US

At the first appearance a Defendant should ask for copies of the charges against him along with any probable cause affidavits. He should always plead Not Guilty and advise the Court he wants to hire an attorney and should he not be able to hire one at least ask for a Public Defender. Never enter a Guilty Plea without first discussing the case with an attorney. There may be defenses to be raised or negotiations to arrive at a lesser charge. One should ask the Court for an early trial setting in order to preserve the right to seek early return of the suspension of one's driving privileges.

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  B. Joseph Davis, Attorney-at-Law Muncie , IN , US

During the first appearance, a defendant should ask the Court for copies of the charges brought against him/her. Defendant should always plead NOT GUILTY and advise the Court of his/her intentions on hiring an attorney.

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  Law Offices of Paul Stanko Crown Point , IN , US

At the Initial Hearing (or first court appearance), the defendant will be informed of constitutional rights and the charges. The person should also receive copies of any Charging Information. A person should NEVER plead guilty at the initial hearing, as there are often valid defenses which could result in a reduced charge or even an outright acquittal. The defendant should plead NOT GUILTY and inform the court of the desire for a continuance to retain counsel, which is their RIGHT under Indiana law. It is essential for the defendant to retain counsel within 20 days of the initial hearing in order to avoid waiving any defenses.

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  Jay Norton - Norton Hare, LLC Overland Park , KS , US

It is best to contact an attorney well in advance of your first appearance as there are strict time limits for requesting a hearing regarding your driving privileges (10 days after the arrest in Kansas).

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  J. Ryan Hare - Norton Hare, LLC Overland Park , KS , US

Contact an attorney immediately. In Kansas, a driver only has 10 days to request a hearing regarding his driving privileges. In Missouri, 15 days are afforded.

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  Ryan Hare - Norton Hare, LLC Overland Park , KS , US

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  Delatte, Edwards & Marcantel Baton Rouge , LA , US

Request administrative hearing to contest license suspension within 15 days of his/her arrest.... Court: Enter Plea of not guilty and contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

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  Law Offices of Troy G. Broussard, J.D., APLC Metairie , LA , US

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  The Allison Law Firm, Inc. Shreveport , LA , US

Must request administrative hearing w/i 10 days to avoid license suspension for 90 days.

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  Law Office of Theodore J. Koban Attleboro , MA , US

At arraignment the Court will make a determination as to whether the defendant is eligible (as a result of indigency) for a court appointed attorney and will enter a "not guilty" plea on the defendant's behalf. The question of bail may arise particularly for out of state defendants. The Court will then continue the case for several weeks so that the court appointed attorney (if eligible) can consult with the individual or the defendant can secure private counsel. The individual should be given a copy of the Complaint against them which outlines the charges being brought. The rules of Court also suggest that the defendant be given a "Police Statement" which outlines the particulars of the persons arrest in a narrative fashion. This is not always done in all courts. If the client obtains either, or both, of these documents they should keep them secure and give them to private counsel when they first meet. The individual should then call and set up an interview with a knowledgable lawyer as soon as possible. Particularly with regard to first offenses, the time of license loss may be reduced by prompt and decisive action.

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  Law Offices of Michael Zawadzkas Orleans , MA , US

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  Law Office of Russell Matson Braintree , MA , US

First court date is the arraignment. It is helpful to have an attorney, or to speak to your attorney before your appearance. Do not speak to anyone but your attorney at court. You will enter a plea of not guilty and get a court date for a pretrial.

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  Jack Diamond - Torney Mahoney Diamond & Bennett Quincy , MA , US

Hiring an attorney. Operating under the influence of alcohol is controlled by Massachusetts General Law Chap. 90, Sec. 24. It is one of the most complex and dynamic statutes in the Massachusetts General Laws. Without an experienced criminal defense lawyer, it will be virtually impossible for you to understand all of your rights, potential penalties and possible defenses relative to your case. It's not uncommon for the police prosecutor at the time of your arraignment, the first appearance in court, to offer you a disposition of your matter upon an admission of sufficient facts or plea of guilty. The prosecutor will typically describe to you a disposition that includes a dismissal at the end of a year if you have not been re-arrested and if you have completed the Alcohol Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). While this sounds like a fairly benign disposition for most persons, it fails to include information about RMV suspensions and the exponential jump in penalties for subsequent offenses. Typically a person arrested for drunk driving will go to their arraignment the morning after their arrest without an attorney. At that time it's not uncommon to be feeling embarrassed and wanting to dispose of this matter as quickly and as quietly as possible. This will make the prosecutor's recommendation sound quite attractive. It is critical, however, that you take time to understand every aspect of your case and possible defenses, and to speak with a qualified, experienced criminal defense lawyer before rushing into a disposition. You should never plead guilty or admit to a crime without consulting with an attorney. You should speak to no one but your lawyer about your OUI case. As we've all seen on TV, over and over again, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Discussions with police officers, prosecutors, assistant district attorneys, court personnel and friends all can potentially be used against you in your case. Any of those persons can be subpoenaed by the District Attorney's Office to provide testimony in court as to your statements. Statements made to your lawyer are privileged and cannot be used against you in court. It is important that you speak only to your attorney about your case and avoid loose conversation, particularly in the halls of the courthouse, about your matter. Operating a vehicle after your license has been revoked. Almost every OUI arrest involves some sort of RMV license suspension action. When persons are arrested for drunk driving, they are requested to perform a breath test at the police station. If a person arrested for OUI refuses to perform that breath test, their license is suspended for 120 days upon that refusal. If a person submits to the breath test and it registers a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher, a person's license is suspended for 90 days following the test. In the case of both suspensions, you will be issued a 15-day temporary license. Every sentence in an OUI case involves a RMV license suspension ranging from a minimum of 45 days up to a lifetime suspension for arrests involving serious injuries with suspects who have been convicted multiple times for drunk driving. In Massachusetts, operating a vehicle after your license has been suspended, pursuant to an OUI suspension, can trigger a penalty including a mandatory minimum of 60 days in jail. Do not operate any vehicle while your license is suspended. Hiring the least expensive lawyer you can find. As with every other purchase you make in life, the cost of legal representation for your OUI case can vary greatly. It is not in your best interest to hire the cheapest attorney you can find. Similarly, by hiring the highest priced attorney does not necessarily guarantee that you are getting better representation. Hiring a lawyer to represent you in your OUI case is a personal decision. You should look for a lawyer who is experienced in handling drunk driving matters and understands how the prosecutor will attempt to secure a conviction against you and how to win your case. It is important that you speak with a lawyer and be confident that he understands the evidence against you and how to present facts and circumstances that demonstrates that you are not guilty of the OUI charge. Geographic proximity to you or the courthouse where your case is pending is not necessarily a strong consideration. Almost all experienced criminal defense lawyers travel to and practice in a wide range of courts and jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth. You should hire a lawyer that you feel confident will zealously advocate for your best interest. Make sure that the lawyer you hire is a qualified and experienced trial attorney.

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  Jones & Milligan Norwell , Ma , US

Whenever possible, you should be represented at your initial appearance. If that is impossible, request a date in two weeks and consult a lawyer immediately.

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  Law Offices of Robert P. Kidd Taunton , MA , US

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  Andrews & Updegraph, P.C. Salem , MA , US

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  Law Offices of Scott C. Athen Millersville , MD , US

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  Law Office of A. Stephen Conte Rockville , MD , US

Your first appearance may be before a District Court Commissioner who shall make a bail determination to determine pre-trial status. You will be given an initial Court Date, usually 60 days from arrest.

An expierenced DWI attorney can protect your rights provide pre-trial advice, such as timely requesting an Motor Vehicle hearing to preserve you driving privileges until trial.

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  Richard Winelander Baltimore , MD , US

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  Law Offices of Raymond Carignan, Chartered Severna Park , MD , US

MD District Court is the trial date MD Circuit Court ? 1st Appearance is preliminary inquiry- Client need not attend if counsel has been retained and entered appearance.

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  Goldstein & Stamm, P.A. Greenbelt , MD , US

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  Maryland DUI Lawyer Baltimore , MD , US

If you could not reach a lawyer while in jail you should contact a good one as soon as practicable after getting out. There are some procedures that take place very soon after your release; time may truly be of the essence.

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  The Wampler Law Firm, L.L.C. Rockville , MD , US

Although most cases do not have to go all the way to trial, we take every case with the attitude that we will go to trial if necessary to avoid a wrongful DUI conviction. This means that prosecutors don't expect us to plead guilty - and we don't. If you have been accused of DUI, this means that we enter a "not guilty" plea on your behalf and then do everything possible within the law to get that settlement or verdict - Not Guilty!

Before you decide to just plead guilty and "get it over with," please give us a call to at least discuss your rights and all your options.

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  MENG & ALPERT, LLC Upper Marlboro , MD , US

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  Steven J. Scheinin, Lawyer Towson , MD , US

Your first appearance will be before a Court Commissioner who will set bail. You will be given a Court Date, usually 60 days from arrest. During that time you should get an expierenced DWI attorney. He can protect your rights and give you pre-trial advice, such as filing for an immediate Motor Vehicle hearing to preserve you driving privileges until trial.

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  Nichols & Webb, P.A. Saco , ME , US

Contact an attorney as soon as possible after your first contact with the police.

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  The Law Office of William T. Bly Biddeford , ME , US

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  Law Offices of Wayne R. Foote, PA Bangor , ME , US

It is important to take action before the initial appearance. The Secretary of State may suspend your driving privileges BEFORE you ever get to court. You have only 10 days to contest that suspension. You should consult an attorney at the earliest possible time. Important deadlines begin to run from the moment a not guilty plea is entered. If pre-trial motions or a jury demand are not filed within the required time, you may lose the right to suppress illegally obtained evidence or have a jury trial. This means that a you should consult an attorney before the initial appearance. If this is not possible (in some cases a person who cannot make bail has an initial appearance within days of arrest) an attorney should be consulted as soon as possible after the initial appearance. If you must appear without an attorney, remember that 100% of the people who plead "GUILTY" are found guilty. If you plead "NOT GUILTY" you always have a better chance of winning. Plead "NOT GUILTY." Better yet, ask the judge for time to find an attorney before you enter any plea.

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  William J. Maze, PLC Bingham Farms , MI , US

Long before you appear in court for the first time, you should consult with potential defense attorneys to represent you in your case. Do not rely upon friends or family members to give you legal advice, even if they have been through the DUI process. Friends and family are good for moral support, but they do not have the experience of hundreds of drunk driving cases.

Selecting the right attorney is critically important. Again, do not rely upon friends and family members for help in this decision. Your best friend's attorney that helped him win big money against a local retailer in a slip and fall injury is not a good choice. Your uncle's business lawyer is also a poor choice. Instead, research possible attorneys, visit the National College for DUI Defense, Inc., and look for attorneys that specialize in drunk driving defense work. This is a highly technical area of law that most attorneys occasionally dip into to make a quick dollar, but an effective defense requires a dedicated drunk driving defense attorney.

An experienced, aggressive attorney will secure discoverable evidence long before your court appearance. Particularly in cases of OWI 2nd and OWI 3rd charges, the first court appearance may not occur for months following the traffic stop. By that time, important evidence such as videotapes and audio logs may have been lost, destroyed, or recycled by the police.

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  Cindy Mannon, Attorney at Law Lansing , MI , US

Plead not guilty, retain an attorney.

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  Cindy Mannon, Attorney at Law Lansing , MI , US

Plead not guilty, retain an attorney.

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  Law Offices of Eric I. Kutinsky, P.C. Farmington Hills , MI , US

Before appearing in court you should try to find representation. If that is not possible, at the arraignment, enter a plea of not guilty and let the court know that you will be retaining an attorney.

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  BARONE DEFENSE FIRM Birmingham , MI , US

The client should always bring a lawyer with him or her to EVERY Court appearance, and this includes the arraignment. This way there will be no surprises relative to the scheduling of bond and so forth. Also, most Courts in Michigan will allow the first appearance, the arraignment, to be waived upon the filing of a document called a “waiver of arraignment”. Consequently, it is best to retain an attorney well before this first scheduled Court appearance. The first appearance of import will be the pretrial, and both the attorney and client will appear for this hearing. It is important to obtain all discovery materials (police narrative reports, videotape, dispatch records, datamaster maintenance and calibration logs, etc.) prior to this first pretrial. The client should have ample opportunity to review these materials with the attorney prior to this date so that the case can be fully evaluated, and a “defense strategy” developed.

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  Cindy Mannon, Attorney at Law Lansing , MI , US

Plead not guilty, retain an attorney.

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  Talpos & Arnold, P.C. Troy , MI , US

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  LAW OFFICES OF MICHAEL L. STEINBERG Royal Oak , MI , US

When a driver is first arrested, they are required to stay in jail from 4 to 24 hours defendent on the blood alcohol level. Thereafter, they will be arraigned to determine bond. This is an Interim Bond Hearing. The arrestee should stand mute or plead not guilty. Thereafter, the court will set an arraignment date, usually witnin 7 days of arrest. In many jurisdictions, courts will allow an attorney to waive an arraignment by filing an appearance. in the event that the arrestee is unable to acquire an attorney by arraignment, he or she should stand mute or plead not guilty and also indicate whether or not he/she intends to hire an attorney or take one at public expense

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  Kronzek & Cronkright P.L.L.C. Statewide , MI , US

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  AAAA Legal Center Farmington Hills , MI , US

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  The Law Office of Joseph F. Awad, P.C. Farmington Hills , MI , US

Time is of the essence in drunk driving charges. Evidence has a way of becoming scarce after too much time has elapsed. The more carefully a lawyer is able to scrutinize the evidence of your specific case, the more the attorney will be armed with tools for your defense. It is always wise to appear with an attorney from the first appearance onward with drunk driving/dui/ouil offenses in michigan.

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  Gallagher Criminal Defense Services Minneapolis , MN , US

Ideally retain a good DWI lawyer well before the first court appearnace in the cirminal case, since a legal challenge to the administrative license revocation must be served and filed within 30 days, in order to get a court hearing to have it removed. At the first appearance in the criminal case, police reports can be reviewed, arrangments for discovery made, and defense motions can be discussed and considered, to be filed later.

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  Ask-A-Lawyer-Online: Beaulier Law Office Eden Prairie , MN , US

In both Minnesota and Wisconsin, thprocedures in Court are similar. After the complaint has been filed, it is served on the person charged by mail or by the suspect is brought before a Judge. This is called the "first appearance" or "arraignment." At the first appearance, the court is crowded with other defendants. As a result, this is likely to be a lengthy proceeding and it may not be possible to discuss your case with the prosecutor prior to having the matter called before the Judge. Each person in the Court room is informed of his or her rights and given an opportunity to apply for representation from a public defender if they qualify financially. When Court convenes, each person charged with a crime is brought before the Judge where they are notified of their rights and the charges against them. If the person elects to enter a plea of "not guilty," the matter is set on for a second appearance. If a defendant does not appear as scheduled, the Court will issue a warrant for the individual's arrest.

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  Kelly Law Office Minnetonka , MN , US

It is almost always in your best interest to plead not guilty and schedule the matter for a pretrial conference. It is hard to get the prosecutor's attention to negotiate much of anything on a first appearance - those times in the courtroom are too busy. They don't have a revolving door, but they need one. Everything is moving too fast. There's a need to slow it down, and the not guilty plea is the way to do it. If this is your first offense and you are charged with a misdemeanor, I can have you sign a waiver of appearnace which lets me make this first appearance without you. So if you have a job or anything else you'd rather do than go to court that day, you can let me go in while you do something more important. I'll get that not guilty plea entered and schedule the pretrail conference - which is all we would do if you had been there, so you don't need to waste your time.

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  Law Office Minneapolis , MN , US

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  Wines Law Offices L.C. St. Peters , MO , US

I urge you to contact my office without delay. You only have fifteen days to request an administrative hearing if you took the breath, blood, saliva or urine test after a DWI / DUI arrest. THE FIRST CONSULTATION IS FREE! If you call several days ahead of your appointment I usually want you to fill out a basic questionnaire. The first appointment can be as long as a hour to ahour and one half. I believe the more I know the better I can defend you and protect your rights. Ater the first meeting (if you have hired me) I have you do some homework, and I begin the investigation of your case. We will usually visit the scene of the stop and take photographs, and do a canvass for additional evidence and witnesses. I send out letters to preserve evidence like dispatch and surveillance tapes. We also take video of your route if it is relevant to your case. I may send you to get your doctor's office to collect a certified copy of your records. We also want to check out all the police, lab and accident reports. As you can see I believe in being very thorough. Knowledge is power and I try to get as much as humanly possibel about your case's facts.

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  DWI Institute of Missouri & The Guilfoil Law Group, LLC North Kansas City , MO , US

So, you've been arrested for a Missouri DUI / DWI or other drunk driving case. You're arrested for DUI / DWI in Missouri?". There are normally both motor vehicle and court proceedings. In order to preserve your rights at both hearings, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of a DUI attorney in order to save your license.

It is important that you hire someone who specializes in Missouri DUI / DWI or other drunk driving cases if your case requires that you do more than simply appear and plea guilty. Read our tips and questions that you should ask the attorney that you are considering hiring for your Missouri DUI / DWI case.

Your first appearance in court is known as an arraignment. This is the date on your ticket, about 30 to 60 days after your arrest. It is primarily for advisement of rights. If you have an attorney, he or she will advise you.

This proceeding is where you will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Of course, we recommend you plead not guilty. There are a variety of police mistakes that, if properly identified, can result in your charges being dropped. If you are represented by a lawyer, you do not need to appear in court on this date, provided your attorney handles the matter for you.

Felony DUI / DWI in Missouri begins will have preliminary hearing after arraignment, unless it is waived. This is a probable cause hearing to determine if the State of Missouri has enough evidence to proceed against you. You must appear at this proceeding, even if you are represented by an attorney in the felony matter. At this proceeding, a judge decides whether your case should move on following a hearing to determine probable cause.

You should exercise your right to remain silent and speak only to your attorney! Don't make one of the biggest mistakes people make after being arrested for a DUI / DWI or other drunk driving offense!

MISSOURI DUI /DWI / BAC DRUNK DRIVING DEFENSE:

FURTHER INFORMATION:

J, J. Matthew Guilfoil, The Guilfoil Law Group, L.L.C. 1656 Washington, Suite 220 Kansas City, Missouri 64108 (816) 842-3717 phone, 1-877-DWI-MATT Toll Free Number; Email: info@kg-lawoffice.com.

Websites:

http://Missouri-dui-dwi-defense.com;   

http://www.drunkdrivingdefense.com/missouri-dui-attorney-guilfoil/; http://www.drunkdrivingdefense.com (Missouri Affiliate);

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DWI / DUI, Drunk Driving Practice in the following Regions, Cities, and Counties in Missouri :

Kansas City, North Kansas City, Independence, Liberty, Blue Springs, Buckner, Grain Valley, Grandview, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana, Lake Tapawingo, Lee's Summit, Lone Jack, Oak Grove, Raytown, Sugar Creek, Gladstone, Excelsior Springs, Claycomo, Holt, Kearney, Lawson, Mosby, Oakview, Oakwood, Pleasant Valley, Randolph, Smithville, Dearborn, Edgerton, Ferrelview, Houston Lake, Lake Waukomis, Northmoor, Parkville, Platte City, Platte Woods, Riverside, Tracy, Weatherby Lake, Weston, Archie, Belton, Harrisonville, Lake Winnebago, Peculiar, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, Warrensburg, Knob Noster, Alma, Bates City, Concordia, Corder, Emma, Higginsville, Lexington, Odessa, Wellington, Adair County, Andrew County, Atchison County, Audrain County, Barry County, Bates County, Benton County, Bollinger County, Boone County, Buchanan County, Butler County, Caldwell County, Callaway County, Camden County, Carroll County, Carter County, Cass County, Cedar County, Charlton County, Christian County, Clark County, Clay County, Clinton County, Cole County, Cooper County, Dade County, Dallas County, Daviess County, De Kalb County, Dent County, Douglas County, Franklin County, Gasconade County, Gentry County, Greene County, Grundy County, Harrison County, Henry County, Hickory County, Holt County, Howard County, Howell County, Iron County, Jackson County, Jasper County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Knox County, Laclede County, Lafayette County, Lawrence County, Lewis County, Linn County, Macon County, Marion County, Mercer County, Miller County, Oregon County, Osage County, Ozark County, Pemiscot County, Pettis County, Phelps County, Pike County, Platte County, Polk County, Pulaski County, Putnam County, Ralls County, Randolph County, Ray County, Ripley County, Saline County, Schuyler County, Scotland County, Scott County, Shannon County, Shelby County, St Charles County, St Clair County, St Francois, Stone County, Sullivan County, Taney County, Texas County, Vernon County, Warren County, Wayne County, Webster County, Worth County, Wright County.

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  Norton Hare, LLC - , MO , US

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  Camp & Record, PLLC Jackson , MS , US

At the first court appearance either the defendant or his/her attorney will appear before the judge and enter a plea. If the plea is guilty or no contest, the judge will pronounce the sentence at that time. If the plea is not guilty a trial will be set. If you show up without counsel, Plead Not Guilty then contact a lawyer trained to handle DUI matters.

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  Padgett Law Firm PLLC Batesville , MS , US

The first appearance is the client's opportunity to plead guilty and pay the fine or plead not guilty and set a trial date. If you hire an attorney, chances are that he/she can enter your plea and/or set a trial date for you without you having to be there or miss work.

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  VICTOR W. CARMODY, JR. P.A. JACKSON , MS , US

THE FIRST COURT APPEARANCE IN MISSISSIPPI IS USUALLY THE ARRIGNMENT DATE WHICH MAY BE ATTENDED BY THE PERSON CHARGED AND OR HIS ATTORNEY. THE COURT SHOULD INQUIRE OF THE PERSON CHARGED OR HIS ATTORNEY AS TO THE ENTRY OF A PLEA. IF THE PLEA IS NO CONTEST OR GUILTY, THE COURT WOULD PRECEED TO THE SENTENCING PHASE. SHOULD A PLEA OF NOT GUILTY BE ENTERED, A TRIAL DATE WOULD THEN BE SET.

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  Law Office of Charles Morgan Charlotte , NC , US

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  MARCUS E. HILL, Durham , NC , US

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  - Charlotte , NC , US

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  Bush & Powers, A Partnership of Professional Associations Charlotte , NC , US

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  Powers McCartan, pllc Charlotte , NC , US

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  Clark Bell Asheboro , NC , US

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  Law Office of Mark Stevens Salem , NH , US

In New Hampshire, the client shouldseek the advise of an attorney immediately after his/her arrest. Arraignments usually are not scheduled for a few weks after the arrest. In Massachusetts, the arraignment will occur on the next day after the arrest, and the client should plead not guilty and seek the advise of a lawyer immediately.

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  Leonard D. Harden Law Offices Lancaster , NH , US

Arraignments are normally the first appearances held in district Courts. The following are New Hampshire Courts which can be links to New Hampshire's Judicial and Legal system: State of New Hampshire State of New Hampshire - the official web site for state government. New Hampshire Judicial Branch New Hampshire Judicial Branch - The web site for the New Hampshire Judicial Branch of Government New Hampshire Supreme Court New Hampshire Supreme Court - The Supreme Court of New Hampshire consists of the Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. Members of the Supreme Court are nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Executive Council for lifetime terms. New Hampshire Superior Court New Hampshire Superior Court - The Superior Court has jurisdiction over a wide variety of cases, including criminal, domestic relations, and civil cases, and provides the only forum in this state for trial by jury. New Hampshire District Court New Hampshire District Court - The District Courts, located in 36 cities and towns across the state, are truly New Hampshire’s "community courts." New Hampshire Probate Court New Hampshire Probate Court - The Probate Court has jurisdiction over a variety of cases including trusts, wills and estates, adoptions, termination of parental rights, name changes, guardianship of incapacitated persons, guardianship of minors, partition of property and involuntary admissions. Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), New Hampshire Department of Safety.

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  Livingston , NJ , US

Almost always enter a not guilty plea. With a retained attorney, most courts will allow the not guilty plea to be entered by way of a letter from your attorney filed with the court before your first court appearance.

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  Saul H. Segan, Attoney at Law Philadelphia, PA , NJ , US

Have an attorney present and consult an attorney immediately. Never refuse a breath test.

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  Puff & Cockerill L.L.C. Woodbury , NJ , US

Know your options before that first appearance! Call us and let us help you.

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  Puff & Cockerill L.L.C. Woodbury , NJ , US

Know your options before that first appearance! Call us and let us help you.

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  Brian V. Lucianna, P.C. Haddon Heights , NJ , US

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  Levow & Associates, P.A. Cherry Hill , NJ , US

Plead Not Guilty, and call me!

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  New Mexico DWIGUY Albuquerque , NM , US

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  Law Office of Glenn Smith Valdez Albuquerque , NM , US

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  Law Offices of Lawrence Taylor Inc. Las Vegas , NV , US

Attorney can appear in place of defendant. If no attorney has yet been retained, ask judge for short continuance (1-2 weeks) to retain counsel. To contest license suspension, must demand a hearing from DMV within 10 days of arrest/supension.

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  Mace J. Yampolsky Las Vegas , NV , US

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  Law Office of David Seth Michaels Spencertown , NY , US

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  Fred Fisher, Criminal Defense Attorney Southampton , NY , US

So, you've been arrested for DWI. You're probably wondering, "What happens after I'm arrested?". There are normally both motor vehicle and court proceedings. In order to preserve your rights at both hearings, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of a DWI attorney in order to save your license.

Your first appearance in court is known as an arraignment. This is the judicial proceeding shortly after your arrest. If you have an attorney and are not on bond, you do not have to appear. It is primarily for advisement of rights. If you have an attorney, he or she will advise you.

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  The Law Offices of Daniel A. Conti Hempstead , NY , US

The first appearance in court is known as an arraignment. It is at this time that you will enter a plea of not guilty and the court will decide your bail conditions.

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  Law Offices of Thomas Anelli, P.C., Counselors at Law Syracuse , NY , US

After you have been charged with a violation related to alcohol or other drugs, it is important for you to retain representation. You may represent yourself in court, but it is not recommended as this kind of violation is complicated. You could find yourself in jail very quickly if you are unsure of what you are doing.

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  Harold Dee, attorney at law, p. c. New York , NY , US

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  Law Offices of Adam D. Perlmutter New York , NY , US

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  WISNER & WISNER LLP Rochester , NY , US

New York has a suspension pending prosecution statute. The license is suspended at the first appearance. Therefore it is adviseable to retain counsel and work on an application which can be made to the court in advance of the first appearance for conditional driving privileges.

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  James R. Schimanski Attorney at Law Cincinnati , OH , US

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  KOFFEL & JUMP Columbus , OH , US

Consult a DUI defense attorney to discuss this as many details should be discussed. Do not plead guilty until you speak to an attorney.

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  - Cleveland , OH , US

NEVER walk into any DUI court appearance without the advise of an attorney. But if you must, normally, the purpose of your first appearance is to enter a plea, which should be "not guilty." At that time the court will provide a "pre-trial" date to enable your attorney to review your file. Sometimes (not very often) a court or prosecutor will attempt to have you enter a guilty or no-contest plea promising you a lessor penalty, etc. Don't be intimidated. You have the constitutional right to review all evidence against you prior to your plea.

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  Maguire and Schneider, LLP Columbus , OH , US

Upon stop or issuance of a citation, it is imperative to contact an attorney who is familiar with the Ohio law regarding the implications of a citation of this nature.

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  Fabian & Associates, Inc. P.C. Oklahoma City , OK , US

It is essential, at the initial appearance that the Client (Defendant) plead "NOT GUILTY". That keeps the whole matter on a status quo, until the Client can contact an attorney. It is imperative that a request for a hearing regarding the Drivers License Revocation must be made, in writing, within 15 Days of the date of the Arrest. If this is not done, a person losses the right to have a hearing. DON'T MISS THIS DEADLINE. A Lawyer who handles these kinds of cases will know about this requirement. CAUTION: If someone, lawyer or otherwise, tells you to go to the Department of Public Safety and ask for a modification, you are getting bad advise. Please consult an attorney knowledgable in this area to get proper advise.

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  Charles L. Sifers, P.C. Oklahoma CIty , OK , US

Depending upon which court the case is filed, the client may be able to avoid attending this court appearance. The attorney can do it for the client.

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  Hosty Law Oklahoma Cith , OK , US

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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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  BONN LAW OFFICE Quinte West , ON , CA

Ask to speak to duty counsel and request an adjournment to contact a lawyer. DO NOT PLEAD GUILTY on your first appearance, seek the advice of a lawyer.

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  Law Office of H. John Kalina Brampton , ON , CA

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  BARRISTER & SOLICITOR Oakville , ON , CA

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  Aitken Robertson Peterborough , ON , CA

See a lawyer prior to first appearance. Adjourn at first appearance, and obtain the Crown disclosure and retain a lawyer.

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  Law Office of Edward J. Kafka, Barristers Belleville , ON , CA

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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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  Law Firm of Edward J. Kafka, Barristers Belleville, , ON , CA

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  Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyer Toronto , ON , CA

Often you will have to make several appearances in Court before your matter gets to trial. Your first court date is referred to as a "set date". However, if you are not released by police, the first court appearance will be for a bail hearing. The trial date is usually not set at the first appearance, as you may require time to retain counsel. Often, you will receive disclosure at your first appearance. Although you can attend the first appearance personally, having a lawyer attend on your behalf or attending court with a lawyer, will make your first appearance less stressful.

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  Aswani Datt, Barrister & Solicitor Mississauga , ON , CA

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  Crystal Criminal Law Office Ottawa , ON , CA

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  m j lynne Thompson burlington , ON , CA

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  Matthew D. Kaplan, LLC Portland , OR , US

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  Oberdorfer Law Firm LLC Portland , OR , US

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  Matthew D. Kaplan LLC, Attorney at Law Portland , OR , US

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  Mark C. Cogan, P.C. Portland , OR , US

Anyone arrested for DUII should consult an attorney who handles these cases without delay. In Oregon, in order to contest the Implied Consent suspension, the motorist MUST file a challenge to the suspension within the first 10 days following arrest. Approximately 80% of motorists facing Implied Consent suspensions fail to take that step, thus foregoing an opportunity to challenge their suspension. Where a timely challenge to the suspension is filed, we have an opportunity to challenge the officer who conducted the arrest and DUII investigation. We are able to take testimony of the officer under oath, and the testimony can be used later to the advantage of the motorist in the event that the case proceeds to trial. In Oregon, the Implied Consent hearings are frequently conducted even before the first court appearance on a DUII case, so anyone accused of DUII should contact an attorney without delay in order to safeguard his rights.

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  PJC LAW GROUP Portland and Medford Offices , OR , US

At you first appearance, the court will tell you what you are charged with. You should also recieve a document telling you the same. The judge will then inform you of your right to remain silent, the rights that you give up if you plead guilty to the offense, and the maximum penalty that the court could impose. The court will advise you not to talk about the fact of the case in court. The Court will advise you to seek legal counsel before deciding whether to plead guilty, apply for "diversion" or advance the case to trial. Request time to consult with an attorney.

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  David DenHartigh Attorney at Law Salem , OR , US

Arrestees should find and call a good DUII lawyer immediately! Don't wait until the first court appearance! Oregon allows an arrestee a reasonable opportunity to call a lawyer for advice BEFORE submitting to the breath test. If a chemical test of breath, blood or urine is refused or yields a result of .08% or more, it is essential to submit a written demand for a DMV hearing within 10 days of the arrest or the arrestee's drivers license will be suspended. The arrestee can submit the written request for a hearing but it's best to get a lawyer immediately to represent the arrestee at the DMV hearing because it is the only opportunity for a lawyer to challenge the suspension, investigate the State's case and lock down the cop's testimony under oath.

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  Margiotti & Mittman Montgomeryville , PA , US

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1.      Preliminary Hearing:

This is absolutely the most crucial hearing in your case. The preliminary hearing is not a trial. The principal function of a preliminary hearing is to protect an individual's right against an unlawful arrest and detention. At this hearing the Commonwealth bears the burden of establishing at least a prima facia case that a crime was committed and you are probably the one who committed it. It is not necessary for the Commonwealth to establish at this stage that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. To meet its burden at this preliminary hearing, the Commonwealth is required to present evidence regarding each of the material elements of the charge and to establish enough probable cause to show that you committed the offense.

2.      Arraignment:

This is the date set after your preliminary hearing, about 30 to 60 days after your hearing. If you have an attorney and are not on bond, you do not have to appear. It is primarily to advise you of your of rights. If you have an attorney, he will advise you.

3.      Pre-trial Conference:

Your attorney will discuss your case with the District Attorney and negotiate the best possible plea bargain. It will happen about 6 weeks after arraignment. This is usually after the Motor Vehicle Hearing. The Court and your attorney set the date on his calendar.

4.      Suppression Hearing:

The Court may suppress some or all of the evidence against you if your constitutional rights have been violated. Your attorney will file motions to suppress. It occurs anywhere 6 weeks to 3 months after the pre-trial conference.

5.      Trial:

Almost always a trial to a jury of twelve. Trial must be held within twelve months after your plea.

6.      Sentencing:

The Court imposes a sentence after a conviction at trial or after a plea bargain is accepted and a plea entered. Sentences may include jail time, in-home detention, public service, alcohol classes and fines.

 

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  Law Offices of David M. Manilla, Esquire Worcester , PA , US

Often a person charged with a DUI will receive legal information from the arresting officer or arraigning magistrate. Accepting this advice is not a good idea. A person arrested for a DUI offense should seek competent counsel within 24 hours and attend all court appearances with adequate legal representation.

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  Steven E. Kellis, Attorney at Law Philadelphia , PA , US

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  Saul H. Segan, Attoney at Law Philadelphia , PA , US

Have an attorney present and consult an attorney immediately. Never refuse a breath test.

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  Dessen, Moses & Sheinoff Philadelphia , PA , US

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  Ulrich Gautier, B.A.,B.C.L.,LL.M Montreal , QC , CA

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  Powderly Criminal Defense Newport , RI , US

Enter a plea of NOT GUILTY and call an experienced DUI attorney ASAP.

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  The Law Offices of S. Joshua Macktaz, Esquire, Inc. Providence , RI , US

Please not guilty and contact an experienced DUI defense attorney. Tel: 401-861-1155 JMacktaz@cox.net

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  James B. Huff, Attorney at Law North Augusta , SC , US

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  JOYE LAW FIRM NORTH CHARLESTON , SC , US

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  Bruce Weathers Corley and Lyle Nashville , TN , US

Plead Not Guilty and consult with an experienced and competent DUI defense lawyer.

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  - Chattanooga , TN , US

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  The Oberman Law Firm Knoxville , TN , US

Depending on the court, your attorney may be able to appear on your behalf. If no attorney has been retained, request an opportunity to retain competent counsel.

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  Law Office Memphis , TN , US

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  LaBELLA & ASSOCIATES Conroe , TX , US

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  Boatwright & Hamilton, LLP Lubbock , TX , US

If you have been arrested for a DWI in Texas, you will have both a criminal case and a Department of Public Safety license case. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. You only have 15 days to file for a hearing to try to save your license. The first criminal appearance is an arraignment. If you have hired an attorney prior to the arraigment, this hearing can be waived by your signature.

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  Boatwright & Hamilton, LLP Lubbock , TX , US

If you have been arrested for a DWI in Texas, you will have both a criminal case and a Department of Public Safety license case. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. You only have 15 days to file for a hearing to try to save your license. The first criminal appearance is an arraignment. If you have hired an attorney prior to the arraigment, this hearing can be waived by your signature.

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  Law Offices of Jamie Balagia Manor, Tx (Austin suburb) , TX , US

I will make your first appearance with you unless you have not hired me yet. Tell the judge that you have an appointment with my office and I will be at your next setting

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  John Gioffredi and Associates Dallas , TX , US

First and foremost, a defendant should contact a lawyer immediately. Secondly, make sure that a hearing on the driver's license suspension is requested within 15 days of the date of arrest. This is extremely important in every case, because valuable discovery rights will disappear, as well as one's driving privileges, if the hearing is not requested within 15 days of arrest. A lawyer should do this for you if you contact one soon enough. An attorney may appear for you on the first court date in some cases. On second offenses, most courts will require an alcohol breath testing device to be installed on your motor vehicle as a condition of your bond, pending disposition of the case.

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  Schneider & McKinney, P.C. Houston , TX , US

A person charged with DWI in Texas should immediately hire counsel. There are immediate, non extendable deadlines within 15 days of arrest for taking certain actions related to the seizure of the driver's license. Anyone who has been arrested for or charged with DWI in Texas should contact a lawyer immediately after being released from jail and before appearing in court for the first time.

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  Law Office of Ken Gibson Austin , TX , US

If you have been arrested for a DWI in Texas, you will have both a criminal case and a Department of Public Safety license case. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. You only have 15 days to file for a hearing to try to save your license. The first criminal appearance is to inform you of your court assignment and give you an Announcement date to appear at the designated court. If you have hired an attorney prior to the first appearance date, the attorney can make this appearance for you.

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  Christopher N. Hoover, P.C. Plano , TX , US

After arrest you MUST REQUEST A HEARING WITHIN 15 DAYS after your arrest to avoid automatic suspension of your driving privileges for the Civil Portion of your case. If this deadline is missed, the suspension is AUTOMATIC and will be from 90-180 days. Many counties do not file criminal actions immediately and the arrestee receives notice by mail to appear in court. Also, many counties require that the accused APPEAR FOR EVERY SETTING (Usually once a month). Exceptions can be made for persons residing out of Texas, but with considerable effort on the part of the attorney. After arrest a person should meet with several attorneys to discuss their case. Many cases do not go to trial for 8-16 months and valuable informaton can be lost. The client should also inquire of the attorney how much experience they have in intoxication related cases. Due to the complexities of these cases, a lawyer should be familiar with many areas of the law as well as current on scientific progress and research in chemical testing if a test was taken.

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  BAILEY, DANFORD & EMERSON, P.L.L.C. KERRVILLE , TX , US

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  The Samuelson Law Firm Houston , TX , US

Most importantly, even before attending the first court appearance, a citizen arrested for DWI needs to request a hearing to challenge the civil license suspension for either failing or refusing to submit to a breath or blood test. Second, you should save all the paperwork related to your arrest and go see a DWI lawyer immediately to discuss the facts surrounding your arrest while they are still fresh in your memory. Finally, your first appearance in Texas is typically just an arraignment. You will need to tell the court whether you have hired an attorney, or request a reset of your case to allow you time to do so. DO NOT TALK TO THE PROSECUTOR ABOUT YOUR CASE!!!! The prosecutor does not represent you, and in fact, only wants to see you convicted. Contact a private DWI attorney immediately.

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  Law Offices of Barrett McKinney San Antonio , TX , US

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  LAW OFFICE OF EDWARD GARRISON SAN ANTONIO , TX , US

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  BURDETT & NEELEY, PLLC OGDEN , UT , US

Request time to talk with a lawyer. If the judge will not allow you time to talk with a lawyer, then plead not guilty and have the matter set for a pre-trial hearing. Then consult a lawyer as quickley as possible.

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  BOSE LAW FIRM, PLLC Springfield , VA , US

In Virginia DUI/DWI cases, most judges will advise unrepresented defendants of the possible parameters of sentencing in class 1 misdemeanor cases. They will suggest against going forward without an attorney on the first appearance as there is suspended jail time in all dispositions and active jail time with BACs of .15 and above.

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  Law Office Manassas , VA , US

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  Albo & Oblon, L.L.P. Arlington , VA , US

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  Lytel Law Office Newport News , VA , US

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  Law Office of Mark W. Garka, PLLC Mill Creek , WA , US

This is the date on your ticket, which, generally is the next court day after your arrest. In Washington State, you MUST appear in court for the arraignment. This court appearance is primarily for advisement of rights. If you have an attorney, he will advise you, and guide you through this proceeding.

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  The Cowan Smith Kirk Law Firm Kirkland , WA , US

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  Peter J. Peaquin, PLLC Seattle , WA , US

As an experienced DUI trial lawyer, I know the DUI court process well. For the purposes of educating others, I have written a detailed description of this process that you may read below. Essentially, the DUI court process involves three steps:

  • The arraignment, where a plea is entered and the judge may set conditions of release, impose bail, or order you to stay in jail;
  • A varying number of mandatory pre-trial court dates, where motions may be scheduled, a plea bargain may be entered, or readiness for trial determined;
  • The trial, where the facts of a case are presented and decided on by either a judge or a jury.

The trial step is, of course, the most complex. Trials proceed in a regulated manner and, for those without adequate experience, can be complicated. An experienced DUI attorney should be hired to ensure the best representation possible.

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  The Cowan Smith Kirk Law Firm Kirkland , WA , US

First, get a lawyer BEFORE the court appearance. A Judge could book you into jail (particularly if there is a prior arrest). Enter a plea of Not Guilty. Request a jury trial.

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  Michael P. Brodsky, Attorney at Law, PS Bellingham , WA , US

Enter a plea of "NOT GUILTY". Do NOT waive trial by jury. If you plan to hire counsel, do so before arraignment or as soon thereafter as possible. If you can't afford to pay for a private attorney, request appointed counsel. BE SURE TO CONTACT AND STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR ATTORNEY.

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  Fox Bowman Duarte Bellevue , WA , US

Usually, plead not guilty and demand a jury trial.

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  Tjader & Chirafisi Madison , WI , US

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  Andrew Mishlove Law Office Glendale , WI , US

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  Van Wagner & Wood, S.C. Madison , WI , US

The client should plead not guilty and request time to retain an attorney.

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  Law Office Clarksburg , WV , UM

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