Washington DUI Arraignment – After You’ve Been Arrested and Charged
After you’ve been arrested and charged for Washington DUI, you will likely receive a court date for arraignment. Arraignment may be the first time you’ll appear in court after being charged, and when you’ll choose to plead guilty or not guilty. According to WA law, anyone charged with DUI must appear at their arraignment, even those who secure a Washington DUI attorney in advance. Why should you speak with a DUI attorney before arraignment? Because your attorney will go over your case with you immediately, giving you a foundation of knowledge and confidence to minimize the consequences or win your case. And if later in your DUI case you may want to attempt to negotiate an settlement, you’ll want the expertise of a local attorney who can help shape the best outcome for your case—and your future.
Two More Reasons to Have Counsel at Your Washington Arraignment
Arraignment is when your Washington DUI case begins. It’s not just a formality of your charge. The time-frame of your arraignment sets in motion other factors that affect your case: the option of a jury trial and the procedure for Speedy Trial. Your attorney will explain whether a jury trial could benefit your defense. He’ll advise you on whether a judge or jury might be more sympathetic to your circumstance. You’ll be able to request a jury trial at your arraignment—so it’s important to know early whether a jury is the better choice. And if you choose to waive your right to a jury trial, your attorney will prepare the necessary documents.
Washington Speedy Trial refers to the time-frame your trial must be had. Washington DUI laws are set in place so cases move through the court system in a timely manner. There are time-frames for when your trial takes place after your arraignment, and when the officer who charged you must file the citation. Your attorney knows these WA-specific laws best, and he’ll be able to discern if the court or justice system fails to adhere to Speedy Trial procedure. Errors or inconsistencies on the part of the court system could impact your case—and without knowledge of the trial process, it’s easy to miss an error that could harm or even help your case.
If you or a loved one is held in-custody at the time of your arraignment, important factors affect your release. Every case is different, but an experienced DUI attorney well-versed in WA DUI law will be able to offer you information and options, and prepare you for what will likely come next. Don’t wait until your arraignment to learn which conditions you’ll need to satisfy after your release—contact a Washington DUI attorney to explain how DUI cases typically proceed and how your case could be different.
Arraignment, Deferred Prosecution, and Dismissal
Your unique case and circumstances may qualify you for a deferred prosecution. WA law allows for deferred prosecution, which if you successfully satisfy the conditions, will ultimately result in a dismissal of your DUI.
If your DUI was a result of untreated alcohol, drug, or mental illness, you may be a candidate for a deferred prosecution. To be evaluated for a deferred prosecution in WA, you’ll need an experienced WA DUI attorney who can review your case immediately. If you choose to pursue a deferred prosecution, your attorney will guide you through the conditions you need to complete so your DUI will be eventually dismissed. The deferred prosecution process starts right after arraignment: if you’re considering it as an option, you’ll need to discuss this with your attorney immediately. Don’t wait until after arraignment to weigh your options—your case, future, employment prospects, driving record, and personal life could be permanently affected. Find out if you’re eligible for a deferred prosecution or if it is right for you. We’ll carefully review your case and answer your questions, and we’ll work with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your Washington DUI case. You can speak with a Washington DUI Attorney by calling our offices at (425) 429-1729 or contact us and schedule a free consultation.