Arrested for DUI: What Happens After Being Charged?

Posted By The Law Offices of Jerry Schaffer, Jr. || 28-Jul-2015

Being charged with a crime can be a stressful and confusing time, especially if you are facing a DUI charge. You may be wondering about the repercussions and what the next steps to take are. Your case first will first be heard during an arraignment.

What Happens During Arraignment?

During the arraignment, you will be formally charged with the crime and then you will be prompted how to plead to the charge. The judge then sets the bail amount for your bail release. Your criminal defense lawyer can advise you on how you should plea, depending on the circumstances surrounding your case.

Your defense attorney may advise you take any of these options:

  • Ask to be tried by a jury
  • Have a trial before a judge
  • Take a plea bargain to negotiate to a lesser charge
  • Pleading guilty

Again, many of these choices will depend greatly upon your individual circumstances. Your defense may also rest upon the facts and figures of your case. For example, there is a chance that the tests you took to measure your blood-alcohol content (BAC), may not have been accurate.

The legal limit is 0.08%. A person’s level of intoxication can vary, however, depending on how much they’ve had to drink and how much time has passed. If you took a blood test more than an hour or two after you were pulled over, this might not accurately show your BAC while you were driving. This is when having a skilled attorney to look at the facts and evidence uncovered, and counter the prosecuting arguments, especially when you believe the test was not conducted fairly, or the results were inaccurate.

How a Lawyer Can Help

Having an attorney with extensive experience in defending individuals from DUI charges is one of the most crucial matters when it comes to your defense. It can make a world of difference to the outcome of your case.

That is why you should choose a quality attorney who knows how to work efficiently. I, Attorney Jerry Schaffer, Jr. have worked as a former district attorney, and so I understand all of the tactics that prosecutors use to convict someone. Because I have this insider knowledge, this helps me to form a defense that can counter all of these arguments, fiercely and relentlessly.

To get started, call my firm, The Law Offices of Jerry Schaffer, Jr. for a no-risk, no-cost case review!