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DUI Arraignment - What to Expect

Posted Friday, November 17, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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A DUI Arraignment is the court hearing when charges are formally filed against you. At such time you will be asked to enter a plea (not guilty, guilty). Typically the hearing is short, generally lasting ten minutes or less. It is highly advisable to have your DUI defense attorney by your side even at the Arraignment stage.

If you are facing your DUI Arraignment, you do not have to face it alone. Understandably, you may be reeling from worries and confusion about what to do next. It may not feel like it right now, but you will survive this experience. We are here to make sure that you do. If you’re reading this, even after hours, call us – we will answer – (425) 883-3366.

What to Expect at a DUI Arraignment

At the start of the Arraignment the court will review basic information to confirm your identity, such as your name and date of birth. You will also be informed (either in writing, verbally, or both) of your constitutional rights, including your right to counsel and your right to a jury trial.

Then, assuming you have your DUI defense attorney by your side, your attorney will likely waive your right to be formally arraigned, which means any formal reading of the DUI complaint charges in open Court is waived.

We work so hard to protect our clients’ rights, it may seem odd that we are willingly waiving a right in open court. Here’s the deal: At an arraignment, the Judge is required to inform you of the charges against you. The Judge can read the charges against you out loud, or your attorney can review the charges and waive the reading. This option spares the judge the time of reading each charge, and it spares you the potential embarrassment of having criminal charges against you read aloud to the court room. Waiving the formal reading of the charges does not waive any other rights you have, or may later wish to assert.

At this point you will then enter your formal plea of not guilty to the Court. The Judge will then set conditions of your release pending the outcome of the state’s case against you. The Court’s primary concerned is whether you’re a threat to the community or if you’re a flight risk. Depending on the facts of your case, the terms of you not being imprisoned while awaiting case resolution may include various parameters, such as a mandate that you refrain from consuming alcohol, or that you have an Ignition Interlock Device installed on your vehicle.

We Will Prepare You for the DUI Arraignment

Every court has different procedures. It is important to us that our clients feel prepared for their arraignment and any other legal proceeding. We take the time to explain the criminal process and the “what to expect” to our clients. The more you understand, the more empowered you will feel to face your DUI charges head-on.

The skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC will provide you with tenacious defense in court to combat serious DUI charges. Our attorneys have built our reputation on defense of charges for DUI. We have successfully litigated DUI charges to not guilty verdicts and obtained reduction in charges to lesser crimes, such as Reckless Driving or Reckless Endangerment. Our experience is extensive and our success is frequent.

Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366 or fill out this simple web form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced DUI defense attorney.

For more than 20 years, Padula & Associates, LLC has been serving those in King County, Snohomish County, and throughout Washington State with aggressive criminal defense services.