If you have been charged with drunk driving in the Seattle area, you can expect an arraignment where you will hear the formal charges brought against you. The arraignment is the start of the formal legal process against you, and you will want to work with an experienced Seattle DUI defense attorney to represent your interests.
What to Expect at the Arraignment
Your presence is generally required at the arraignment hearing. In addition, a prosecutor will be present along with the judge. You will be allowed to have an attorney there with you and it may be advisable to do so.
At the arraignment hearing, the court will not address innocence or guilt. Instead, the court will formally identify you and read the charges brought against you. You can expect to state your full name, date of birth, and to say that you understand your legal rights. Following this, the judge will announce the criminal charges brought against you. At this time, you can enter a plea -- typically "not guilty."
The court will also set the conditions of your release from custody at the arraignment. The conditions of your release will depend upon the specific circumstances of your arrest and your criminal history. if you have red flags in your background like a history of DUIs, you can expect more restrictive conditions on your release such as a higher bail amount or requirement that you install an ignition interlock device.
Finally, the court will use the arraignment as an opportunity to set future court dates. You will have an opportunity to address any scheduling conflicts.
Contact a Seattle DUI Attorney
If you have been charged with a DUI and have a question about the DUI criminal process, contact an experienced attorney at Wolff Criminal Defense. Call us at 425-284-2000 to learn how we can help you.