Jacksonville DUI Arraignment Hearing Attorney
Don't Face Your Charges Alone - Call (904) 701-0591
In the state of Florida, all defendants facing
DUI charges will typically have their arraignment hearing within one month
of their arrest. This is a mandatory step in the criminal process. If
you do not already have an attorney, during the arraignment the court
will ask whether or not you need the court to appoint one on your behalf.
During a typical arraignment hearing, the criminal court judge will do
- Read the defendant his or her criminal charges
- Ask you, the defendant, how you plead – guilty, not guilty, or no contest
- Decide if the bail amount should be changed
- Announce any information of upcoming court proceedings
If you plead either "guilty" or "no contest," you will
be asked to sign a waiver before the court imposes a sentence. It is important
to note that pleading "no contest" is different from "guilty,"
however, both will have the same effect. Pleading "no contest"
is simply stating that you do not admit guilt, but that you are facing
overwhelming evidence and you do not think you can emerge victorious.
Regardless, you will be sentenced. To guide you through this process,
get in touch with a Jacksonville DUI lawyer from our firm.
Call Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. at (904) 701-0591 to begin discussing your
legal options today.
Problems with the Florida Misdemeanor Court System
In 2011, the
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) published a study which looked into the misdemeanor court system
in Florida. The publication titled "Three-Minute Justice: Haste and
Waste in Florida's Misdemeanor Courts" found that a harrowing
3 percent of all adults in the state pass through the courts on a yearly
basis. They, however, are not always greeted with a just system. In fact,
the study found that an overwhelming amount of adults resolved their case
without legal counsel – a total of 70 percent of cases being resolved
In the study, these arraignments which decided the future of defendants
were anything but comprehensive; in fact, many lasted shorter than three
minutes (82 percent), with many defendants simply pleading guilty. The
worst part? The study found that less than 50 percent of the cases where
a defendant pleaded guilty involved a trial judge who directly informed
the defendants of the rights that they were waiving – including
their right to appeal.
Statistics such as this underline the need for aggressive legal counsel
from the very beginning of the criminal process. This is simply not the
time to waive your right to legal representation. This study also noted
that defendants that either hired counsel or who had counsel appointed
for them were less likely to enter a plea of guilty. When it's your
future on the line, don't you deserve a fighting chance? By getting
the involvement of our firm from the very beginning of your case, we can
help ensure that you are protected. We will appear with you during the
arraignment, utilizing our vast experience to help you fight for the outcome
that you truly deserve.
Contact a Jacksonville DUI attorney today!
The Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A., we assist clients charged with DUI charges in the Jacksonville, Florida
area. As private lawyers with more than 90 years of combined legal experience,
it is our experience that the earlier you involve an attorney in your
defense the better the resolution of the case. An attorney may be able
to obtain speedy dismissal or reduction of charges by conference with
a prosecutor prior to charging.
You are encouraged to contact us immediately for a
free initial consultation.