If you or a family member have been arrested for DUI, this video offers important information for you to know regarding the citation to appear in court. Ernenwein & Johnson are leading South Bay DUI Attorneys with 40+ years of experience defending clients accused of DUI. Some of the topics discussed in the video include:
- For most misdemeanor DUI cases, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO APPEAR IN COURT and your lawyer can appear in court for you.
- What are the steps involved in the court process?
- What materials do we collect that are relevant to your case?
- What will we discuss and how will we handle the case with YOU?
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Video Transcript – Arrested for DUI? What to do if you receive a citation to appear in court:
In addition to the issues regarding your license and your Department of Motor Vehicle hearing, you’ve likely been given a citation to appear in court. What do you do with that?
Well, generally on most misdemeanor DUI cases, first offense and even multiple offense cases, your lawyer can appear in court for you at the time of your arraignment and you do not need to appear in court. And I do that for clients literally every day.
Generally, what we do is we appear in court for your arraignment. We obtain a copy of the complaint, the charging document and the police reports and the case is continued for a pretrial conference so that we can negotiate and try to resolve your case.
After we get the complaint and police reports, we set an appointment for you to meet in the office. If you can’t meet in the office, we can send you a scanned copy of the document so we can set up a conference call. Then I discuss with you the case. I discuss with you the contents of the case, the sufficiency of the evidence and I discuss with you the likely offer that the prosecutor will make and potential plea bargains that we might be able to engage in.