Were you recently arrested for
driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County, California? If so, your arraignment will be coming
up in the near future. But, what is an arraignment exactly? After a criminal
defendant has been arrested and charged with a crime, the arraignment,
a criminal proceeding will soon follow.
During the arraignment, a judge officially informs a defendant of their
criminal charges and he or she asks the defendant how they plea. The defendant
will respond with guilty, not guilty, or no contest to their DUI charges.
If the defendant automatically pleads guilty (we don’t recommend
this), he or she will be sentenced, ordered to DUI probation, and their
DUI case will be closed, with the exception of satisfactorily completing
their probation terms.
What if I Plead Not Guilty?
If you want to fight your DUI charges and actually have a chance at getting
your penalties reduced or your case dismissed, you’re better off
pleading not guilty. By pleading “not guilty,” your Orange
County DUI attorney has the opportunity to comb through the evidence,
look for holes in the prosecution’s case, and challenge the evidence
Types of evidence that can be challenged include:
- Police officer testimony
- Chemical test evidence
- The traffic stop
- Search and seizure methods
- And more
About DUI Plea Bargains
The circumstances of each DUI case are unique, so there is no “one
size fits all approach” to defending DUI. For example, if a defendant’s
blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was close to .08% and the evidence against our client is substantial,
it may be in our client’s best interests to negotiate a “wet
reckless” plea, which is a favorable alternative over a DUI conviction.
When a case dismissal is impractical given the circumstances of the case,
we may be able to negotiate a favorable plea bargain with the prosecutor.
Such a plea bargain may involve no jail, a wet reckless, or another agreement
involving lighter penalties.
If you’re facing DUI charges in Orange County,
contact our firm for a free case evaluation with Attorney Landry, OC’s DUI Queen!