Sometime after your arrest, you will be expected to appear before a judge for your arraignment where you will be formally charged with a crime and be asked to enter a plea, which you can change later. A lawyer may also be appointed for you, unless you retain your own or do not wish to have one present, and the amount of your bail will be set. Usually, defendants charged with a first-time misdemeanor may be released on their own recognizance.
After you have been released from jail, your options can include:
- Simply pleading guilty as charged
- Trying to plea bargain to a reduced charge
- Asking for a trial before a judge, or
- Asking for a trial before a jury.
You should consider the circumstances of your case carefully when deciding your plea approach. If you believe you can fight the charge or plea bargain, consider that if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is between 0.08% and 0.11%, you may have a chance for a plea bargain. But if your BAC was over 0.12%, you have a very low chance of winning at trial. If your BAC was measured at less than 0.08%, then your chances of beating a drunk-driving charge are better. When fighting the charges, the knowledge and experience of a skilled attorney can be invaluable.
Posted by: on: May 29, 2014 @ 03:03Posted May 29th, 2014