Profile of a DUI Arraignment

After a DUI Arrest


After being arrested for DUI, suspects are generally transported to the local police station or jail for booking. After the booking process, a DUI suspect may be allowed to post bail according to an established schedule or may have to wait for a judge to set bail. Once the booking and bail is settled, the next step in a DUI case is the arraignment.

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First Court Appearance – The Arraignment

The arraignment is the first stage of a DUI case and often the first time you appear before a judge, unless a judge was required to set bail.

Generally, the arraignment is a short, formal process. The person who is accused of DUI will appear before a judge who will usually:

  • Read the DUI charge or charges
  • Ask if the suspect has a DUI lawyer
  • Ask the defendant to enter a plea of "guilty," "not guilty" or "no contest"
  • Decide whether to revise bail or release the DUI suspect on his or her own recognizance on the condition of good behavior
  • Set the date for future proceedings in the DUI case

Right to Legal Counsel

At the arraignment, the judge will typically ask the person being charged with drinking and driving if he or she needs a court appointed DUI lawyer to represent them. However, in most DUI cases, there may not be a constitutional right to representation. People facing DUI charges may have to hire a local DUI lawyer to represent them.

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The above summary is for informational purposes only, is not legal advice, and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney in your state.

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