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There are several steps in the DUI court process. The DUI charge begins with your arrest. Once you are pulled over the officer will most likely administer certain tests, including any chemical or field sobriety tests and once he believes you are driving under the influence, he will then charge and arrest you with a DUI. You may then be put in jail and have to post bail to get out or released on your own recognizance.

A DMV hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of your arrest. This is an administrative hearing in which it will be decided if your driver's license will be suspended or revoked. This is not a part of the criminal process but instead part of the civil proceeding that is a part of the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you fail to schedule the DMV hearing, in 30 days your license will automatically be suspended.

The next step in the DUI court process is the arraignment. This is the first step to the criminal process. This is a formal hearing in which you are charged with the DUI and make your plea of guilty or not guilty.

Following the arraignment the defense attorney may file pretrial motions or may negotiate a plea bargain. A plea bargain may be offered by the prosecuting attorney in an attempt to have the defendant plead guilty for a lesser charge and penalties. Trial is then held in court and is presided over by a judge, with the verdict determined by a jury. If the verdict is guilty, the judge will determine sentencing.

During this process it is extremely important to have a DUI attorney with you. At The Genesis Law Group we will fight aggressively in every possible area to defend you. Please give us a call so that we can help you get the representation that you need.