How To Prepare Yourself For A DUI Court Hearing

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After seeing blue lights in your rearview mirror and begin charged with a DUI, you might think that you’re going to lose your license or spend time in jail. These punishments will depend on how many other DUI charges you’ve received in the past and other details about your criminal history. There are a few things that you can do to prepare yourself for when you go to your court hearing. 

Which Hearing?

The first thing that you need to do is determine which type of hearing you’re going to as there are some situations where you can request a continuance and some situations where your case will be heard that day. The first step is usually the arraignment. This is when you can request a court-appointed attorney and when you’ll hear of the charges against you. You’ll also learn about possible punishments if you’re found guilty. You could go to a preliminary hearing or a trial after the arraignment. Most of the time, your new court date is about a month after the first time you appear in court. This should allow enough time to meet with your attorney to discuss your actions and possible defenses. 

What To Expect From Your Attorney

When you meet with your attorney, you need to be prepared to show any proof of not driving under the influence at the time you were charged. You’ll talk about the evidence that the prosecution has against you because these details will often determine whether you should plead guilty or fight in court to prove that you’re not guilty. If you know that the prosecution has adequate proof that you were driving under the influence, then there’s not really a point in trying to prove it didn’t happen. However, you can work with your attorney to try to get your sentence to one that is as minimal as possible, especially if it’s your first charge. 

Most of the time, your punishment will be fines or a probation period where you might have to take driving classes or other types of classes. If you have multiple charges on your record, then you could face time in jail. This is something that you need to prepare for if you know that you have past charges. Alert your employer if you believe that you’re going to have to spend time in jail, and you also need to let your family know that you might be in jail for a short time. 

Get Started Early

Try to get enrolled in a drug or alcohol class before you go to court. This can sometimes show the judge that you understand that you made a mistake and that you’re trying to do everything you can to make it right. Taking classes early can sometimes reduce your sentence as well. Give any paperwork about the classes to your attorney so that it can be presented to the court on your behalf. 

When you go to court, try to dress as nice as possible. You don’t want to go to court wearing clothes that are wrinkled or that aren’t washed. The judge is trying to see if you care about yourself as it can often be an indication as to whether you might do the same thing in the future. Address the court in a professional and courteous manner as well. 

If there is any evidence that you have against the prosecution that can be used in your defense, then you need to give it to your attorney as soon as possible. Get a copy of the police report as well. Try to look for anything that the officer could have done against you that resulted in your charge that could be used for your benefit when you go to court.

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