Florida DUI Defense Lawyer
At a DUI arraignment hearing, a judge reads the charges against you and asks for your plea. You may plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. If you plead guilty or no contest, the judge proceeds to sentence you. If you plead not guilty, the judge will set a trial date. As pleading guilty to DUI has serious repercussions including jail, license revocation and vehicle impoundment, it is wise to have the representation of a seasoned Florida DUI defense attorney to guide you in your actions.
Pre-Trial Actions in a DUI prosecution
- Arrest: You are arrested for DUI and taken to the jail and booked. Usually you will be kept there at least for 8 hours before being escorted before the judge for the first appearance.
- First Appearance: The judge reads the charges against you and inquires whether you need an attorney appointed. The judge sets bail or allows you to be free on your own recognizance.
- Arraignment: The judge reads the charges and asks for your plea. Depending on your plea, the judge sentences you or sets the case for trial.
- Notice of Appearance: Once you hire an attorney, the attorney files a notice of appearance notifying all that communication to you goes through him or her. The attorney may spare you the need of attending arraignment by filing a not guilty plea in writing. The attorney will notify you if you may skip the arraignment.
- Discovery: By making a discovery demand, your attorney is allowed to review the prosecution's evidence against you. The attorney may also seek permission to take depositions of prosecution witnesses.
- Pretrial Motions: Your attorney may move to suppress evidence against you, to dismiss the charges against you, and make other motions.
DUI Defense Attorney in Florida
At The Law Offices of Richard R. Kuritz, we assist clients charged with DUI in the Florida area. As private lawyers with more than 20 years of combined legal experience, it is our experience that the earlier you involve an attorney in your defense the better the resolution of the case. An attorney may be able to obtain speedy dismissal or reduction of charges by conference with a prosecutor prior to charging. You are encouraged to contact us immediately for a free initial consultation.