A DUI arrest is a frightening experience that usually begins with spending the night in jail and your vehicle being impounded. So what happens next? What is the court process for a DUI/OWI?
At George Law, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss the DUI/OWI court process. From our office in Royal Oak, we represent people in the Detroit metro area and throughout Michigan who are accused of drunk driving.
THE COURT PROCESS for a DUI/OWI
Spending the night in jail after a DUI arrest can come as a shock, especially if you have never been arrested before. However bleak your situation may seem, there is always something an experienced attorney can do to minimize the consequences.
The steps after an OWI arrest are usually as follows:
- Shortly after your arrest, you need to attend an arraignment. During your arraignment, the judge will explain the charges against you and ask you to enter a plea. You should have an attorney represent you at the arraignment. The judge will set bond to get you out of jail. The judge may set a requirement for a drug or alcohol evaluation.
- Your driver’s license may be suspended automatically. For a first OWI offense, the suspension period is typically 30 days, after which you can obtain a restricted license.
- You will have a pretrial hearing. Your attorney may negotiate a plea bargain or seek dismissal of the charges depending on the facts of your case.
- If your case isn’t resolved at your first pretrial hearing, you will have a second pretrial hearing. Most DUI/OWI cases are resolved at either the first or second pretrial hearing. If your case isn’t resolved, you will proceed to trial.
- Once your case is resolved by negotiation or trial, the court will order a presentencing investigation (PSI).
The sooner you contact an attorney, the more options you will have to fight driver’s license suspension and the drunk driving charges.
TALK TO A DUI/OWI DEFENSE ATTORNEY TODAY
For more information about the court process for a DUI/OWI, call 248-470-4300, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation with DUI/OUI defense attorney Derrick E. George.