In DUI Court, You Have the Right to a Speedy Trial


The Sixth Amendment of the Constitution protects your right to a speedy trial - considered a reasonable time after your DUI arrest - by an impartial jury that must determine you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

What is the Time Frame of a Speedy Trial?

If you have been charged with a DUI and have decided to fight your charge in DUI court, you have the right to a speedy trial. Most states have laws that define the term "speedy" by setting a timeline for the start of a drunk driving trial after your arrest.

However, because there are different interpretations of a reasonable time period, it is typically determined by the circumstances surrounding the case and if there were objective reasons for any delay. A DUI attorney can help ensure that you are granted a speedy trial.

The Sixth Amendment Protects Your Rights to an Impartial Jury

An impartial jury is considered to be a representation of the community in which your trial is taking place. The jury is there to consider evidence the prosecution presents against you and decide if you are guilty of the DUI crime.

In most states, 12 jurors have to agree on a verdict of guilty or not guilty, but the specific rules for convicting you of a DUI crime depends on the different state laws.

A DUI Lawyer Can Make Sure Your Rights Are Protected

A DUI lawyer can help you with your DUI case and make sure you are being guaranteed your rights throughout the trial process.

If you have been charged with drinking and driving, it is a good idea to get an attorney on your side.

Total DUI can help you find a DUI attorney in your area: all you need to do is fill out our free DUI case evaluation or call 877-349-1311, and we'll do the rest in connecting you with a local DUI lawyer from our nationwide network of sponsoring DUI attorneys.

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