Thursday, July 12, 2007

California DUI Lawyer's criminal court procedure

July 12, 2007

The California DUI criminal case

Your first California DUI criminal court appearance is known as your California DUI arraignment.

This is the time you find out what California DUI - related charges are filed, your California DUI Lawyer enters a Not Guilty plea on your behalf and the California DUI case is continued for pretrial/readiness purposes.

This allows your California Drunk Driving Attorney to request Discovery (evidence) from the Prosecutor. During the following weeks, your California DUI Attorney conducts investigation and analysis of the facts in your California DUI case.

Once received, the evidence including the California DUI police report is forward to you. (Many times the California drunk driving documents are already available from DMV assuming a timely request for hearing was made within 10 days of the California DUI arrest.)

On or before the pretrial conference, a number of things may happen:

  • obtaining California DUI evidence,
  • possible negotiation of strengths & weaknesses of the California DUI case,
  • possible pretrial meeting with the California DUI Prosecutor, and
  • scheduling of future California DUI court appearances.