Arraignment: What is it?

arraignment in courtThe state has charged you with a crime.  Now you are being told your next hearing is an arraignment, but what it an arraignment? The Arraignment An arraignment is your initial appearance in court.  At the initial appearance, the court must do several things.  The court must determine probable cause, advice the defendant […]

What is a ‘pretrial conference’ in a DUI case?

Pretrial ConferenceYou pled ‘not guilty’ to the charge of DUI. The court has notified you that your next court date is a ‘pretrial conference.’  Sometimes this makes people very nervous because it sounds awfully like a trial.  It is not a trial. The Pretrial Conference The pretrial conference is a hearing that the court sets for […]

Should I plead guilty to a DUI?

Your first court date You were arrested for DUI, and now you have a citation that tells you to appear between two dates in court.  For example, it may say to appear between September 12th and September 24th.  When you appear at the courthouse, you are directed to the clerk’s office.  The clerk will ask […]