Long Beach DUI Court Process
Know What to Expect in the Coming Months
The DUI court process can be complicated and confusing—especially if you have never dealt with it before. Fortunately, the DUI lawyers at Gold & Witham have 40+ years of collective legal experience and know the ins and outs of the entire criminal court process as it relates to DUI.
Below, we give a brief breakdown of the different steps in the criminal court process:
- After a DUI arrest, the individual's first court appearance will be the arraignment. The judge will inform the defendant of the charges they face, as well as their rights. At this time, the defendant may choose to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest before the court.
- Following the arraignment, the defendant's attorney may file pretrial motions in order to suppress evidence or take other action regarding the case. Additionally, the prosecution may offer the defendant a plea bargain so the defendant faces lessened charges.
- The criminal trial will then begin. During the process, both sides will be given a chance to present evidence, bring witnesses to the stand, and cross-examine the other witnesses.
- After the jury decides a verdict, the judge will determine sentencing.
- If convicted, the defendant's lawyer may decide to file an appeal.
- The attorney may also later work to expunge the DUI from the defendant's record.
Our Attorneys Can Help During the DUI Court Process
At every step of the Long Beach DUI court process, an individual will face decisions that call for experienced legal counsel. They will also find themselves in positions where their freedom and rights are at stake. By working with a DUI lawyer through every single step of the court process, the individual has the chance to reach a positive outcome for their case.
For this reason, we encourage you to contact our firm today!