When a person has been arrested for
driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County and they miss their court date, they are putting
themselves in a bad position where they could face the wrath of the criminal
The courts are very busy and they don’t take kindly to defendants
who don’t show up. To the court, it’s a sign of disrespect
and the judges have ways to prove it.
What is the arraignment?
The first court date in a DUI case is called the arraignment, and this
is where the driver is formally presented with the charges they are facing.
If a DUI defendant fails to show up to their arraignment, a warrant may
be issued for their arrest, and as you can imagine, everything goes downhill
If the defendant comes into contact with law enforcement, for example,
if they’re pulled over for any reason, they may be arrested on the
spot, even if they were simply pulled over because of a broken taillight
or expired registration.
To have an arrest warrant lifted, the driver or their attorney must appear
in court. At this point, a judge may decide to:
- Approve the request to revoke the arrest warrant,
- Increase the bail amount required to keep the defendant out of jail, or
- Immediately send the defendant to jail.
If a person has missed even a single court date, the court is able to keep
them in jail until their trial. If you have a job or a family depending
on you, what would happen to them? Can you afford to go to jail?
Once an arrest warrant is revoked, the DUI trial will proceed as usual,
but the defendant may be subjected to additional charges for failing to
appear in court. If the judge is intolerant and issues a failure to appear
charge, a person may have six months to one year in jail added to their
this is not good!
People Make Mistakes
Did you miss your arraignment? Perhaps you forgot all about it, perhaps
you were terrified you’d go to jail, or perhaps your car broke down
on the way to court. We get it, people make mistakes, but when it comes
to missing a court date, you have to tackle the issue head-on.
If you missed a court date, we can help. If you’re simply facing
DUI charges, working with an experienced DUI attorney from the beginning
can help a driver accused of DUI avoid missing court dates, keep charges
off their records, and even reduce legal repercussions for their actions.
If you have questions about where to begin after a
contact an Orange County DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry,