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20 Feb

What Happens at My DUI Arraignment?

Posted by David Jones on Feb 20, 2014


Your arraignment is the first stage of your DUI criminal court proceedings. This is where you are read the charges against you and the District Attorney/prosecutor gives you your first “offer”. An “offer” is the sentence that the District Attorney/prosecutor recommends and agrees to in the event that you plead guilty to the proposed charge.

The arraignment provides you with your first opportunity to plead guilty, not guilty, or “no contest” to your California DUI charges. If you plead guilty, you will be sentenced, and (with the exception of fulfilling your probation terms), your case will be closed.

If you plead not guilty, you or your California DUI lawyer will be entitled to review and challenge all of the District Attorney's/prosecution's evidence. This includes a copy of the police report and access to the maintenance records of the chemical testing instrument(s) that were used.

Although negotiations sometimes take place during the arraignment, they are more actively engaged in during the pre-trial phase.

David Jones

David E. Jones is a Central Valley area DUI and criminal defense attorney who represents those accused of DUI and other crimes in both state and federal court. Mr. Jones has practiced criminal law throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties since 1996. Mr. Jones was a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County 12 years and has been an instructor for the Police Academy for over 10 years. He is an experienced and respected trial attorney.

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