There are many steps in the DUI court process, starting with your arrest, and then resulting in either not being guilty or a conviction and penalties. Once you have been pulled over, or have been stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, you will most likely be asked to complete field sobriety tests and breath or blood tests to determine you BAC (blood alcohol content).
After being arrested, you will go through DUI booking and wait for your arraignment trial where you will enter your plea of either guilty of not guilty. After this hearing your Pasadena DUI defense lawyer will be able to file motions to enter a plea bargain to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence or enter motions to suppress evidence from your upcoming trial. In the meantime, you will also need to set up a drivers’ license restoration hearing to try and avoid having your license suspended. You will have 10 days from your arrest date to set this up with the DMV and prepare for your hearing.
What to Expect at Your Trial
After your arrest, booking and arraignment, a trial date will be set. This is where all facts, evidence and witness accounts, will be examined by the court in order to make a determination of your innocence or guilt. Your attorney will help you prepare for trial and make sure you understand the steps that will be taken so that you are informed and know what to expect.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested for drunk driving, you will need effective representation in your legal matter. It is imperative to the outcome of your case because if you are convicted, you will likely face:
- Court order alcohol treatment or classes
- Court ordered ignition interlock device
- Arrest, charges and conviction on your legal record, which may or may not be eligible later for DUI expungement
Do not put your future freedom into the hands of an inexperienced attorney and risk these serious consequences. We are experienced and relentless and will fight for you!