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What to Expect At Your DUI Hearing

Let’s discuss what happens after your arrest, leading up to your plea hearing and how you can prepare.

Steps of a DUI Case in Wisconsin

Several steps come before a plea hearing or arraignment.

First, there is the initial appearance. After being arrested, you may be expected to appear in court for a first appearance. If the DUI is your first offense, you will most likely not be required to attend the initial appearance as long as you have an attorney and you intend to plead not guilty. However, if it is your second offense or you plan to plead guilty, you will need to attend the initial appearance.

After the initial appearance is discovery. This is when you and your defense attorney learn the prosecution's information about your case. For example, what evidence they are going to reference from the DUI stop.

Next is a pretrial conference where your attorney can meet with the prosecutor and discuss potential outcomes and compromises to avoid taking the case to trial. This may be when a plea deal is offered.

DUI Plea Hearing or Arraignment

Next is the DUI plea hearing (misdemeanor charges) or arraignment (felony charges). This is when you appear in court and officially plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, your case will continue to trial. If you plead guilty, your case will continue on to sentencing.

Here is some advice as you prepare for your next court appearance or hearing:

  • Dress appropriately
  • Be polite when addressing the judge
  • Follow the advice of your defense attorney

DUI Defense in Sheboygan

If you’ve recently been arrested and charged with DUI, it’s time to take action. Our attorneys at Melowski & Singh, LLC can help provide the guidance and legal expertise you need as you navigate your criminal case. We can help you prepare for your upcoming court appearances and hearings, and fight for you to get the best possible outcome. Reach out to our team today to get started.