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What Happens at a DWI Arraignment?

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.

Legal Options

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

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.

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