The California DUI Arraignment Process

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Following a DMV hearing, the next step in the DUI process is to attend an arraignment. An arraignment is often the first court hearing in a California criminal case where the accused faces their charges and enters a plea. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, it is vital you arrange to have a powerful legal team by your side at your arraignment to protect your interests. At Campbell Whitten, our Bakersfield DUI lawyers have represented thousands of clients and can provide the results-driven advocacy you need during this difficult time.

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What Happens at an Arraignment?

An arraignment is essentially a formal hearing that begins the California criminal law process. Arraignments must be held no more than 48 hours after being arrested for a felony DUI offense that requires you to remain in custody. If you were arrested for a misdemeanor DUI charge and released within 48 hours, your arraignment will be held no sooner than 10 days after your arrest. During this initial hearing, a judge will advise you of your Constitutional rights and inform you of the specific charges that have been filed against you.

You will be required to respond to these charges with one of the following pleas:

  • Guilty
  • Not guilty
  • No contest

After entering your plea, the terms of your bail will be set or you will be released on your own recognizance, known as an O.R. release. While traditional bail involves surrendering money to be used as collateral to guarantee your return to court, an O.R. release allows you to simply sign a statement promising you will return to face your charges without any sort of collateral. An attorney from our firm can help negotiate for an O.R. release on your behalf, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in the process.

What Rights Do I Have at an Arraignment?

You are granted a number of rights under both the California Constitution and the United States Constitution. You have the right to be represented by an attorney, to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination, to receive a speedy trial, and to be tried by a jury. You are permitted to confront and produce any witnesses to your alleged crime.

Contact Campbell Whitten Today

The arraignment is oftentimes just the beginning of a long, complex trial. If you are facing charges, it is urgent you retain the services of a knowledgeable Bakersfield DUI attorney from Campbell Whitten to maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome for your situation. Our attentive and dedicated lawyers offer personalized advocacy to every case we take on and can use our vast knowledge to pursue a reduction or dismissal of your charges on your behalf. Your future is far too important to leave up to chance – make sure it is in good hands!

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