Following a DWI arrest, you’ll be scheduled for arraignment, which
is where you’ll be given the opportunity to enter a plea for the
allegations and charges you face. For a lot of people, arraignment could
be the very first time they step into a criminal court setting. In this
blog, our Houston DWI attorney explains what to expect and what happens
during a DWI arraignment.
Arraignment is one of the earliest and most preliminary procedures in the
legal process. Because of this, there’s a chance you have not yet
hired an attorney to defend you from the charges you are facing. In those
cases, the courts will usually ask if you’d like for them to appoint
a public defender to represent you during arraignment. It’s usually
never a good idea to represent yourself, regardless of how minor your
think your offense may be. In the moments following a DWI arrest, you
should not hesitate to retain proper representation.
What are your legal options?
During arraignment, the judge will ask you to plead to your charges. You
can answer by either pleading guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Each
of these answers can significantly impact your case – be sure that
you have a firm understanding of how you’re pleading before attending
By waiving time, you’re simply agreeing to not hold the courts responsible
for following a strict timeline in regards to holding a trial. Waiving
time is not the end all or be all to your case – if you change your
mind about your decision in waiving time, you and your attorney can submit
a request to withdraw the waiver.
Attorney Jason Luong is a
Houston DWI lawyer who has personally handled thousands of criminal cases and has tried more
than 40 cases to jury verdict. With more than 10 years of trial experience,
you can trust that you have a skilled courtroom litigator on your side.
Learn about your legal options today! Call The Law Office of Jason Luong,
PLLC at (713) 489-2009 to
schedule your free case evaluation.