In days following a DWI arrest, you’ll be scheduled to undergo arraignment.
The purpose of arraignment is to give the arrested individual a chance
to enter a plea for the charges they face. For many of those who are scheduled
for arraignment, this could be the very first time they set foot in criminal
court. In this blog, our
Dallas DWI attorney explains what happens and what to expect during arraignment.
Because arraignment happens very early on in the legal process, there’s
a chance that you may not have secured representation. If that’s
the case, the court will ask if you’d like them to appoint a public
defender for the purpose of arraignment. Usually, regardless of the charges
you are facing, it’s not recommended that you represent yourself
– in the moments immediately following your arrest, you you should
not hesitate in hiring proper representation to successfully combat your charges.
You’ll be asked to plead to your charges at arraignment – you
can either plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. It’s extremely
important that you have a firm understanding of what your legal options
are and how your future can be impacted should you choose to please guilty
verses not guilty.
Waiving time simply means you choose to not hold the court to a strict
timeline for holding a trial, in the event that your case gets to that
point. If you decide to waive time and end up changing your mind at a
later time, you can submit a request to withdraw the time waiver.
If you’ve been arrested for a DWI, you could be facing severe penalties
including fines and a jail sentence. Attorney Peter Barrett is an aggressive
and skilled Dallas DWI lawyer with the experience and insight needed to
combat your charges.
We’re available 24/7. Call our firm today at (241) 307-8667 to
request your free consultation.