DUI Arraignment

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.

FAQ's - DUI in Florida

Can I get off a DUI charge?

While you may not realize it right now, there are often viable defenses in DUI cases. The first step is to have your case and the evidence against you reviewed by our legal team. We can then advise you how our defense of your case will proceed.

What can your firm help with?

We provide skilled legal counsel to individuals charged with a variety of DUI offenses, including information regarding DUI penalties, and DUI defense, and defending multiple DUI, underage DUI, out of state DUI, reckless driving, driving while license suspended, leaving the scene of an accident, vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, DUI with injury, DUI with Serious Bodily Injury, felony DUI, first time DUI, and other offenses.


Will I go to jail?

When convicted of DUI, there is a possibility that the judge will impose jail time, even on a first time DUI. One cannot expect that they will not face serious repercussions if they are convicted of DUI, and if you have an earlier DUI conviction on record, or if an accident or injury occurred in the incident, the likelihood of jail (or even prison in serious cases) is very real. It is important to have a DUI lawyer defending you from the moment you are arrested.

Should I just plead guilty to DUI?

Many individuals choose to plead guilty without finding out if their case could be successfully defended, or if there are options for a case dismissal. A Florida DUI defense attorney from The Law Offices of Richard R. Kuritz can review your case and the evidence against you to determine what can be done to reduce the damage. Our extensive knoweldge and experience in DUI law serve our clients well.

How do I choose a DUI defense lawyer?

We recommended that you choose an attorney who has successfully defended others who are facing the same charge. While no two cases are the same, a lawyer's experience in similar cases is an important factor in future success. We invite you to discuss your case and our record in court.  Our experience on both sides of the aisle is critical to achieving good results for our clients.

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