What to Expect Following a DUI
If you are apprehended by law enforcement and are caught driving with a blood alcohol content level (BAC) of .08 or higher, you may be charged with a DUI, or “driving under the influence.” A DUI is a serious charge that can lead to serious legal consequences if you are found guilty, including fines, license suspension, and jail time.
After being charged with a DUI, you may have many questions about what will happen next regarding the legal process. In Rhode Island, you have the right to defend yourself in a court of law. However, it would be beneficial to hire an experienced attorney to help you present your case in a positive light and increase the chances of a favorable outcome for you. If you or someone you love has been accused of a DUI, contact Rhode Island DUI lawyer Matthew Marin today at 401-287-4384 for the committed legal representation you deserve.
Consequences of a DUI Arrest
Like other criminal charges, individuals who are charged with a DUI can expect the following legal proceedings:
- Arraignment (district court level) to determine whether you will need to post bail or simply be released with the promise of a later court appearance. In this particular state, most individuals who are charged with this crime are released without having to pay bail.
- Pretrial conference to make sure the prosecution has provided the defense with all the necessary information relevant to the case (called “discovery”). At this time, the defendant can choose to enter into a plea agreement or take the case to trial.
- If no agreement is made, trial will occur. This includes all of the normal processes such as jury selection, presentation of the prosecution/defense cases, cross-examinations for either side, closing arguments and sentencing.
- If you are found guilty, you may have the right to appeal your case in a superior court. A lawyer can help you decide the proper course of action in this event.
Because the legal system can be very complicated and confusing, facing this charge alone can be daunting. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case.
To learn more about your rights following a DUI charge or to ask further questions about the legal process, contact Rhode Island DUI lawyer Matthew Marin today at 401-287-4384.