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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today to discuss your situation with a legal professional.
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:
- 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.
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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!
Schedule a free consultation
today to get started towards building your defense.