What Will Happen At My First Court Date (The One Written On My Citation)?

The citation for DUI states the date and time that you are to appear in court for arraignment. If you have not yet obtained legal advice, plead “not guilty” at the arraignment. The not guilty plea can always be changed later if, after talking to an attorney, you decide it is in your best interest to enter a guilty plea. At the arraignment the judge or prosecutor will call your name, tell you what the charges and penalties are and ask if you understand them and ask how you wish to plead. Without the advice or representation of an attorney always plead “not guilty.” You will be escorted to the Clerk’s office where you will be given a sheet of paper with your case identification number, trial date, time and courtroom number. You should bring this paper to your meeting with your attorney.