What Happens at my 1st DUI Hearing (Arraignment)? By Daniel Smith

Your arraignment is the first stage of your DUI criminal proceedings.

The arraignment provides you with your first opportunity to plead guilty, not guilty, or “no contest” to your California DUI charges. If you plead guilty, you will be sentenced and your case will be closed.

If you plead not guilty a future date (Readiness Conference) will be set for 4-6 weeks out. It will be noted if you have an attorney and if you do not you may be assigned a Public Defender.

If you hire a private attorney, in between your Arraignment and Readiness you or your San Diego DUI lawyer will be able review the prosecution’s evidence (discovery). This includes a copy of the police report, any recordings visual or audio and access to the maintenance records of the testing instrument(s) that were used.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI or related crimes please contact our office at (619)258-8888 for a free and confidential consultation with an experienced attorney.