DWI Arraignment is part of the courtroom-based proceedings that come with any DWI case. It is actually the very first stage of these proceedings, following the arrest, booking, and initial bail phases of the DWI process, as stated on FindLaw.
So what is arraignment? Many see it as the first and last time that the charged individual will be in court. The reason for being first and last is that most people plead guilty to their DWI charges.
Courts have several pending cases going on at a time, but there is an option towards a speedy arraignment. In fact, the time span between arrest and DWI arraignment is usually within a few days.
Let’s say that you have a DWI charge and made it to the arraignment stage. The judge will take the following steps:
- read the charges against you
- ask you if you have an attorney
- ask how you plead to the listed charges (guilty, not guilty, no contest)
- make a decision to either alter the bail amount or release you on your own recognizance
- announce dates of future proceedings for your case. This includes preliminary hearing, pre-trial motions, and trial.
Also, at this stage, the prosecutor will give you and your attorney copies of the police reports and other relevant documents.
The prosecution and defense of a Louisiana DWI charge may include complex, nuanced legal issues involving state and federal laws, the details surrounding your stop and arrest, scientific evidence, eyewitnesses, and expert testimony.
A good attorney can ensure that you know what your options are and can then negotiate on your behalf. Although avoiding the situation altogether is always the best solution, we understand that when you need our expertise, we can provide it efficiently and effectively.
At Southern Oaks, we comb through the details of every case to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients. Give us a call today and relax knowing we’re here to help.