The DUI Court Process

Effectively exploring your way through a criminal arraignment for Driving Under the Influence in Washington State requires a reasonable comprehension of the DUI court process. At the end of the day, comprehending what is coming your direction will enormously lessen the measure of pressure you feel when battling a DUI allegation.

Albeit each Court System in Washington changes a little on how they handle the underlying phases of a criminal indictment, the fundamental blueprint underneath will enable you to comprehend the Court procedure in general:

When you get captured for a wrongdoing, you will have a few court dates to experience. Your first time in Court is called an Arraignment. Your next court date is known as a Pre-Trial or Status Conference. You may likewise have court dates for Motions or Trial.


This is your first time in Court and it’s the place you are formally told about the charges against you. On account of DUI, you may definitely comprehend what the charge is before you even enter the Courtroom. In any case, there can be extra charges that you were ignorant of like infractions for awful driving or extra criminal accusations the indictment documented after your capture for DUI.

Contingent upon Jurisdiction, you will either be sent a Hearing Notice or you should look on your reference (around 1/3 from the base) where it says Mandatory Court Appearance for your court date and time. In case you don’t know about the date or the time, consider the Court Clerk’s Office (numbers are accessible by means of web). The Court you are in is recorded at the highest point of the reference, for example a reference checked “Area Court” and the offense occurred in Snohomish County , you would complete a web look for “Snohomish County District Court.”

Arrive a couple of minutes early. Most courts will have a PC printout of the considerable number of individuals booked for court that day, called a docket. These printouts are for the most part on display close to the courts. By your name will be a court number. That is the place you have to go. In the event that you get befuddled or can’t discover your court, ask at the Court Clerk’s office – they are commonly extremely accommodating.

When you get to the correct court, be set up to pause. Most Courts will have either a video or a paper that clarifies your rights at arraignment. On the off chance that it’s a paper, they will need you to sign your name – saying that you comprehend your rights.

In the long run, you will be called up before the Judge. Try not to Panic. This isn’t your opportunity to clarify what occurred – there will be plentiful time for that later. All the Judge needs to know at Arraignment is whether you comprehend the charge(s) against you and whether you need to confess or Not Guilty. That is it.

Good judgment would reveal to you that in the event that you accomplished something incorrectly, you should relax on the Court System by confessing and the Court System will relax on you by not condemning you as hard as though you battled the charges. Shockingly, the Court System isn’t constantly founded on presence of mind. Actually, you will in all probability be rebuffed more terrible in the event that you concede at arraignment as opposed to battling the charge(s). At the end of the day, DO NOT PLEAD GUILTY!

When you have pled Not Guilty, the Court will get some information about whether you need a legal counselor. The old platitude about “The man that speaks to himself has a trick for a customer” is valid. In the event that you don’t comprehend the principles of court and the law with respect to DUI (or some other wrongdoing) you don’t stand a possibility against an all around prepared examiner.

Attorneys come in two flavors: Private and Public Defenders. You don’t need a legal advisor with you at arraignment. In the event that you are anticipating enlisting a private lawyer, you require just tell the Judge that and the person will be fulfilled – yet will caution you not to hold up too long to even consider hiring them. In the event that you can’t manage the cost of a legal advisor based on your very own preference, you may fit the bill for a Public Defender. The Court will have a progression of inquiries for you so as to decide if you qualify dependent on your salary, dependants, and so on. The drawback with a Public Defender is that you have no power over who is selected to your case. Regardless of whether you qualify and have a Public Defender speak to you, you can generally have a private lawyer assume control whenever. It’s exceptionally regular for individuals with a Public Defender to contract a private lawyer – don’t as well stress, your Public Defender won’t be disturbed on the off chance that you supplant them with a private lawyer – they may even be soothed since it implies one less case to deal with.

After the Judge tends to the issue of your Lawyer, the Court will at that point address your discharge status. In the event that you have a spotless record, you will most likely be discharged on your guarantee to return. On the off chance that you have a criminal record, the Judge may force a safeguard or bond add up to guarantee you will return.

The Court will allocate a date when you should return for your Pre-Trial hearing. In the event that you can’t make it on that date, try to enlighten the Judge concerning your contention so another date can be picked. On the off chance that a contention comes up later, contact your legal advisor promptly so the individual in question can record a movement for duration of the court date.

You will leave with Court with a bit of paper revealing to you the date and time of your next court date. Try not to be shocked if this is a few months from your arraignment date. This may appear to be quite a while however don’t pause – in the event that you have to discover a lawyer begin quickly as it might require a long investment to locate the one you need and to get the cash together to contract them.

When you’ve employed your lawyer, that individual should send in a Notice of Appearance, telling the Court and Prosecution that they speak to you. They will likewise require time to get the majority of the Police Reports and different records the Prosecution plans on utilizing against you (on the whole alluded to as Discovery). After your lawyer has the majority of the Discovery, they should take a seat with you eye to eye and talk about your case. One of the strange principles in Washington State is CrRLJ 4.7, the standard that enables your legal advisor to get the disclosure for your situation. A similar standard really keeps them from giving you a duplicate of the revelation – despite the fact that it’s your case! This standard is significantly increasingly odd considering the way that if you somehow happened to flame your legal counselor and speak to yourself, the State would be REQUIRED to give you a duplicate of the Discovery. None the less, nothing keeps your legal counselor from giving you access to the Discovery at whatever point you need – as regularly as you need; they can’t send you home with a duplicate.

Pre-Trial Hearings

These hearings occur at Court and before a Judge. Their motivation is to ensure that no case “becomes lost despite a general sense of vigilance” by ensuring that the case is looked into efficiently. Amid a pretrial, the Judge needs to know what the status of the case is: Do the gatherings (Prosecutor or Defense) need to enter a Guilty Plea to something, would they like to set a period for a Motion Hearing, would they like to have a Trial, or do they not know what they need and are basically requesting additional time?

These hearings are authoritative in nature. That implies that they are generally low pressure since nothing will occur at a pretrial except if the Defendant gets it going. As a rule, the Defendant does not have to state something besides noting the Judge when the Judge inquires as to whether the Defendant agrees to what’s going on, for example requesting a continuation or setting a Motion Hearing. You and your lawyer will have talked about what is to occur at the pretrial some time before you really arrive.

Most criminal cases have a few pretrial dates. There are numerous reasons why you would prefer not to determine your case amid the primary pretrial: You may have lawful issues that should be chosen by a Judge (amid a Motion Hearing), your lawyer may require longer to consult with the arraignment, or you may essentially not have chosen which way you need to go on your case.

In the event that you are requesting that the Judge proceed with your case, the issue of Speedy Trial will come up. On the off chance that you are out of care, your case must be settled inside ninety days (sixty in the event that you are in authority). At the point when a Defendant requests a duration, the Judge will either not need that additional opportunity to mean something negative for the 90 days or will request a crisp 90 days – beginning the date of the continuation ask for before conceding the demand for duration. In spite of the fact that this Speedy Trial rule is a critical right – as a useful issue, it infrequently decides the result of a case. As it were, if your legal advisor believes it’s a smart thought to postpone the Speedy Trial rule, by giving the State more opportunity to convey you to preliminary, at that point it most likely is to your greatest advantage.

Movement Hearings

Movements are composed lawful contentions on why proof for your situation (at some point the entire case) ought to be tossed out. There are possibly many movements that could be documented in a criminal case. Your legal counselor will know which ones (assuming any) apply to your particular realities.

Movements fill two needs: First, in the event that you can stifle proof, you may have a superior possibility of winning on the off chance that you go to preliminary. Second, movements are a magnificent method to change the quality of your case in this way making it almost certain that the indictment will need to make an offer of settlement that you make really need to acknowledge.

A movement hearing resembles a seat preliminary: They happen in Court and before a Judge, There might be observers, Both Defense and Prosecution will make contentions to the Judge lastly, the Judge will make a lawful administering on the issue. This is the place the closeness to a preliminary closures. The weight of confirmation at a movement hearing is considerably less that at a preliminary and the Judge is required to see the proof in a movement hearing “in the light most great to the State.” These two components join to make a movement hearing less demanding for the State to win than the Defense. The explanation for this uncalled for preferred standpoint is really a decent one: The core of our lawful framework is the Jury Trial. On the off chance that you succeed at a Motion Hearing, you may sidestep the Ju