If you were arrested for drunk driving, you may be scared, confused and unsure of what to expect in the coming months. Though it’s completely normal to feel these emotions, you shouldn’t have to go through the process with your eyes closed. The DWI arrest lawyers at Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys At Law, PC are familiar with the drunk driving arrest process and are prepared to boost your confidence by boosting your knowledge of the legal proceedings. For support, guidance and advice throughout the legal process, contact Simon A. Kubiak and team today.
What To Expect After Your DUI Arrest
Immediately after a DUI stop in which you either fail the chemical or breath test or refuse to take one, the officer will arrest you and take you to jail. The state will immediately set your first appearance, which typically takes place via video and from the jail cell. During the hearing, the judge will address bail and the conditions for your release. From there, the state will arrange your arraignment.
During the arraignment, you have the chance to plead guilty or not-guilty. Obviously, pleading the latter is wiser than pleading the former, though undefended defendants have been known to plead guilty. Because the arraignment is more of a formality than anything else, most judges allow defendants to waive it. A Waiver of Appearance serves as a not-guilty plea.
From there, the pre-trial process will commence, which typically consists of the following motions:
- Discovery of evidence
- Pre-trial conferences
- Plea negotiations
Each of these processes comes with strict deadlines and should be treated with the utmost delicacy. A mistake at any stage of the pre-trial process or during trial (if plea negotiations prove to be ineffective) can mean the difference between a not-guilty and guilty verdict. For this reason, it’s best to allow a lawyer with a firm understanding of the DWI process to handle your case from beginning to end.
Schedule a DWI Defense Consultation
Your drunk driving arrest is just the first in a series of processes in your DWI case. How you proceed after your arrest could mean the difference between a favorable outcome and a DUI conviction. Don’t risk a conviction and contact an Albuquerque DWI/DUI defense lawyer as soon after your arrest as possible. Contact Simon A. Kubiak, Attorneys At Law, PC to schedule your consultation today.