You first appearance in a DUI case is called the arraignment. This is where you will enter a plea of guilty, no contest, or not guilty.
The rules also require that you or your DUI lawyer make any objections that are appropriate. Lastly your DUI lawyer can ask that certain relief be granted like: a motion for release of a vehicle, or a motion to stay or terminate an administrative license suspension. This is why it is the best to hire a DUI / OVI lawyer right away as soon as you are charged.
You also have the right at arraignment to have the charges against you read in open court. This is most often waived when you have a lawyer.
If you have been locked up, your lawyer can address the issue of bond with the court. This can be anywhere in the range from own recognizance to $100,000 strait case depending on the severity of the facts alleged against you.
Most notably about arraignment is that time starts ticking for the deadlines to request evidence, file motions, and to appeal the administrative license suspension.
Time is always important in legal matters. It is very important that you hire a lawyer to defend you DUI cases as soon as possible.
As soon as you retain a lawyer, he can start to review your paperwork. This means that he might be able to waive your present at the arraignment and reset the case for a pretrial when you are eligible to request that the court grant you limited driving privileges.
And remember, if you or a family member has been arrested for DUI in the Akron Area – including: Summit, Portage or Stark Counties – call Suhre & Associates at 330-564-1126. We are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Because now is the perfect time to put a team that includes a FORMER POLICE OFFICER and a 2 FORMER PROSECUTORS to work….for you!