I just started a new job and do not want to take days off to attend court. If I get an attorney, could they show up for me? I was pulled over for speeding at 10:00PM. I blew a .09. I hadn't had a drink in over an hour and was heading back from a restaurant with my wife.
You must appear at your DUI trial, yes. In fact you must appear in court for every stage of a DUI case unless the court you are in allows your attorney to waive your presence. However, there is no way to waive your presence at a DUI trial.
I'd recommend you retain a lawyer and plead not guilty. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The prosecutor must prove any allegations beyond a reasonable doubt. You have a right to council. OUI's carry significant license sanctions that go beyond just jail time and probation. Never plead guilty to anything unless you fully understand all the risks. Speaking generally, a defendant's presence is required for most court-appearances. Occasionally, at the court's discretion, there may be appearances that could be conducted by phone. Occasionally, at the court's discretion and for "good cause" appearances may be adjourned or waived. However, generally, defendants are expected to appear at scheduled court appearances. If a defendant fails to appear, the court may issue a bench warrant for their arrest and revoke their bond. Most attorneys provide free initial consultations. It is certainly worth a few phone calls. I would advise you to retain a lawyer or request that the court appoint you a lawyer at the public's expense.
One of the advantages of having an attorney is that you may not be required to show up for every court date. Your attorney should fight for you and should inform you when you must be in court. I have had some clients who have actually never had to go to court. Hire an attorney that will fight all the time for you.
You are required to be present for your court appearance in criminal court. If you do not appear, a bench warrant can be ordered for you to appear. Additionally, if your attorney is able to reach a plea agreement with the prosecution, you will have to be present to enter your plea. In other words, the consequences in all regards for not appearing in court for your criminal trial greatly outweigh any benefit you would receive from going to work.
If you fail to appear a warrant may be issued for your arrest, I would highly suggest appearing on the next court date and then maybe asking the court to excuse you from the next appearance.
It depends on the county and on the magistrate handling your case. Sometimes they will agree to let an attorney appear on behalf of a client by using a power of attorney. However, those cases are usually reserved for individuals who reside out of state. In all likelihood, you will have to make at least one appearance in court before the end of your case.
If you do not show, you will be arrested for failure to appear. Can a lawyer do this without you, not really, not unless you just simply plan to loose.
You will have to appear in court to plead guilty or go to trial since there is a misdemeanor (a crime) involved instead of just a traffic violation which could be handled by the attorney.
Yes you will have to appear because it is your trial and your attorney cannot testify on your behalf.
There are some situations where an appearance is not required but most likely you will have to appear.
You must go to court. You might be able to get 1 or 2 resets where your appearance is waived but you will have to appear.
A bench warrant for your arrest can be issued if you do not appear at court for trial. Consult with an attorney.
Yes, you need to appear unless the court allows you to waive your appearance. Ask your attorney if this is possible in your jurisdiction.
Generally criminal defendants are required to appear at their trials. The failure to appear could result in a bench warrant being issued against you. Additionally even if you have an attorney the attorney was not with you when you were arrested and cannot offer testimony on your behalf. I would strongly urge you to secure the services of an attorney who is skilled in the defense of DUI cases to advise you on your opinions.
You will almost certainly need to appear in court. Your attorney will likely be able to request a continuance to delay your hearing slightly so that you do not have to miss work but you will definitely want to take steps toward this as soon as possible. Under no circumstances should you fail to appear in court if you have been summoned as this will likely result in a bench warrant issued for your arrest and will have adverse consequences for your trial overall.
You will have to appear in court for trial. Your attorney cannot appear at trial in your place. If you did not appear the judge would probably issue a bench warrant for failure to appear and you do not want that. DUIs are serious with tough consequences, even for first offenses. Make sure you retain an experienced DUI attorney to help you fight it. It is an investment that you will not regret.
Yes, you should appear. There are instances where the court will allow you to be represented by counsel only. However, it is difficult to get that granted by the court. In my opinion, your non-appearance in court will only hurt your case. Remember that juries are fickle, and most people don't want to serve on jury duty, so be careful that they might have a bias against you because they have to be there and you do not. Also, it might be interpreted as you not caring enough about your case to be present.
You are charged with a criminal offense, for which you can go to jail. Failure to appear may result in the issuance of an arrest warrant, for your immediate arrest. You should hire counsel, as the consequences are extremely serious, and perhaps, counsel can appear in your behalf without your appearance for san initial courtdate. I, personally would appear each and every time the matter is scheduled in court.
Yes. You will have to appear unless you hire a lawyer to make other arrangements. Normally, you will still have to go, but maybe your attorney can ask for a continuance to a better date and time for you.
On a misdemeanor first offense DUI you should be able to have an attorney appear for your at an arraignment.
You must show up in person in most courts in New York, but there may be exceptions.
Yes, you will need to appear for your trial.
At .09, a good DUI lawyer might be able to successfully contest your DUI. You are just slightly above the limit. Depending on the court you are in, your attorney can possibly appear without you for some court dates. If it goes all the way to trial, you will eventually have to show up for court.
Your first court appearance is an arraignment not a trial. Yes you can hire an attorney to make all the appearances for you.
Generally in California, an attorney can appear for you on a misdemeanor charge. Talk to a criminal defense attorney in your area who specializes in DUI charges.
At the risk of sounding sarcastic, is the possibility of a Misdemeanor conviction that may affect your current and/or future employment not enough motivation to miss a day of work to defend yourself in court? If not, then plead guilty and try to argue for a lesser punishment.
No, this isn't possible. You will have to show up in court. A small delay could be possible, but your attendance is required.
Yes an attorney can make all appearances on a misdemeanor DUI.
An attorney in California may appear for his client in most misdemeanor cases and that includes a DUI.
Yes, you must appear in court on a DUI charge. It is a misdemeanor charge. Defendants are required to appear in court at all hearings when charged with a misdemeanor or felony. Should you hire an attorney who is familiar with your court, there may be a possibility of an adjournment without the need to appear. Ultimately though, you will need to be in Court.
That is one of the big advantages of hiring counsel, he/she can appear for you and will.
Technically an attorney can make the appearance for you and go to trial without you. It's tough to win if you aren't there but the trial can go on.
While most counties will allow a person to be excused from court for preliminary appearances, the defendant's personal attendance at a trial is usually required. There are some extraordinary reasons why a judge could excuse the accused's appearance at a trial such as advanced serious illness or the fact that the defendant lives on the other side of the country but unfortunately work is usually not a good enough reason.
If you have an attorney they may make appearances on your case without you. It is even possible for your attorney to enter a guilty plea without you there and get your sentence for you. This can happen if you give your attorney a notarized statement to do this. Most courts will only do this if you have a good reason for not appearing.
You must appear for a DUI even if you hire an attorney. If you do not appear, the Court will issue a bench warrant for you.
The attorney can appear for you for pre-trial appearances but you better get there for trial. You have to consider what will the jury think if you are not there.
You do not have to show up-but I think you should. Juries do not like it when defendants do not appear at their own trial.
A retained attorney can appear for the defendant without the defendant present if the case is a misdemeanor ( which it sounds like your case is). It sounds like you are scheduled for a first appearance, which is called the arraignment. If you plan to get the public defender, you need to appear for the arraignment and request the court appoint one for you. As far as not appearing for an actual trial, your attorney will likely need you to be there for that and ordinarily the court will order the defendant to be present for the trial. A lot can happen to settle your case between arraignment and trial (pretrial stage); often times the lawyer can work out a plea bargain, especially in a case like yours where the blood alcohol level is relatively low. If a settlement is worked out, the lawyer can most often handle the plea via a notarized forms. The best thing for you to do is contact an attorney as soon as possible. Retained counsel can also help you with the DMV issues and perhaps, at a hearing, keep you from a suspension on the driver's license.
You do not need to appear for the first few appearances if you retain counsel.
Yes you do need to appear, otherwise a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Occasionally, a Judge will grant an adjournment to the attorney in the absence of the defendant. Eventually, however, you must show up to resolve the matter.
Your question is confusing. If it is a trial you have to show up. But if you don't have an attorney it is probably not the trial but an arraignment. Under California law once you retain an attorney he or she can appear for you at the arraignment.
You need to appear for court irrespective of whether you have an attorney.
Yes an attorney can appear on your behalf and set a date when you can appear.
Yes you do need to be present at your DUI trial. Further, in order to assist your attorney you need to be there while the other witnesses testify against you. While you have no obligation to testify, if you choose to do so you will have to be in court.
You can stipulate that you were the person involved in the DUI and then you would likely not be require to be in court on your DUI case. Your attorney could appear for you. However, if you are needed as a witness it would be necessary for you to be there. An attorney can appear for you at the hearings leading up to your trial and you would not need to be there either.
Yes. Most DUIs are misdemeanors, meaning a lawyer can appear without you and can even resolve the case for you without you ever stepping into court. Just make sure you hire a DUI specialist soon, because you only have 10 days to contact the DMV to try and save your license.
An attorney can appear on your behalf and you don not have to be there.
If represented by an attorney you can waive your initial appearance and enter a plea by mail. But for any other appearances and for a trial you must be present.
An attorney may be able to handle some parts of your case by mail. This is usually up to the prosecutor. In any event, your test is low and warrants taking a close look at the possibility of a viable defense and/or worthwhile negotiations relative to charge and sentencing. I also assume that you will have driver's license issues that could affect your employment. I suggest you consult an attorney.
Yes you have to be there. If you do not show up the judge would cancel the trial and issue a warrant for your arrest. Sitting in jail without a bond could screw up your employment big time. This is not just a traffic ticket, this is a CRIMINAL MATTER.
You will have to be present for a trial. They would not proceed without you, your attorney could possibly get a continuance or if the judge would not allow it, you could be warranted for failing to appear for your trial.
For trial? Yes, unless the judge agreed to allow you not to attend. It would be a bad move to not be there for trial though... A jury would form no connection to you whatsoever and it would be much more likely for them to convict a person who's not there. If you're asking about whether your attorney can appear in court on your behalf on other routine appearances, then the answer is yes.
The short answer to your question is that an attorney can appear for you. This routinely happens and is something that I can do for you. You cannot contest the offense and would have to plead guilty or no contest.
It depends on the court and the county. But the absolute worst thing you can do is miss a court date. You will have a warrant for your arrest and another case. Hire a skilled DWI trial attorney asap.
Do not know what stage of the case you are at. From the way your post reads, trial could be fairly soon. No to be rude, but your attitude need a severe adjustment. If you want to just go to jail, do not go to court and eventually you will be picked up on a warrant, put in the jail until you serve your time. You will then robably lose your job. Hire an attorney. Talk to him or her about your options.
If your DUI case is a Misdemeanor then you may not be required to be present at your Trial. However, if it is filed as a Felony then you must be present every time the case is called, including every day of your Trial. You should discuss the pros and cons of not attending your Trial with your Attorney. In some cases, your physical presence in Court is vital. Kick the matter around of whether or not you should be in Court. An experienced Attorney can help you achieve your best result before a Jury.
Yes. You must appear in court on designated court dates or the court may issue a warrant for your arrest. You certainly must appear on any tirial date.
The first court date is not a trial. It is an arraignment. You simply enter a plea at an arraignment. To answer your question, yes, an attorney can appear in your place if you hire one.
You should retain a criminal defense attorney who handles these cases. They can be very complex and the penalties for conviction are far reaching. If your attorney tells you to attend the hearing, do so. It is in your best interest.
Yes, you have to appear even if you have a lawyer.
If you don't show up for trial the judge can issue a bench warrant, have you arrested, and hold you in jail until your case is tried.
You can retain an attorney and sign a waiver of appearance for a violation or a traffic case that is not a misdemeanor, but most courts will require you to appear for all court appearances for any crime. A DWI is a serious case with grave consequences. You should be present to aid your attorney and help him to know what happened and what questions to ask the officers. You may have to testify on your own behalf. I don't think that you realize that a trial is a very serious matter and getting a criminal conviction can cost you an enormous amount of money in insurance payments, fines, legal fees, lost earnings, alcohol counseling, and even an interlock device on your car for three years. You only seem to be worried about missing a day's work, but you could find it hard to get a job with a criminal conviction. Drunk drving is like shooting a gun at a moving train and hoping that no one gets hit by the bullets. You endangered the lives of yourself, your wife, and thousands of innocent motorists. You were over the .08 limit but will probably be found guilty of the violation of Driving While Impaired, a violation, not a crime. You will have a record, but not a criminal record. Your insurance may go up dramatically for the nest 5 years and your license will be suspended for 90 days.Retain a good criminal attorney to try to get the plea and you will not have to go to trial. The case could be handled in just one or two appearances because the BAC is relatively low.
The court may allow you to sign a waiver for your attorney to appear in court on preliminary matters, but I doubt it. For trial, you should be there.
If you do not appear, the Judge will issue a warrant for your arrest.
If you do not, the Judge will issue a failure to appear warrant and you could be arrested. If you hired an attorney, they could postpone your hearing and avoid a warrant.
Absolutely you need to be in court to answer and respond to the charges. The trial will not proceed without you, even if you have an attorney. If you fail to show, the judge will issue a warrant for your arrest. You better get an attorney. A DUI is a serious charge, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000.00 fine. Base upon your breath level (if admissible), you will have to do at least 1 day in jail, lose your license for at least 90 days, be required to have an alcohol/drug evaluation and follow any recommended treatment plan, fines of about $1,000.00. This is serious. GET AN ATTORNEY!
You should hire an attorney. Not only can he/she make all your court appearances for you but at a .09 B/A they can probably get you a reduction to a "wet".
You need to be there or the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. If you blew a .09, why isn't the DA offering you an impaired - it could be you are in a no plea county such as Nassau.
You will have to appear for your case, but some appearances can be eliminated once an attorney is hired. For example, the first court appearance is called an "arraignment." An arraignment serves the purpose of insuring the constitutionally protected right to know the nature of the charge filed against a defendant. Once a defendant has an attorney this court appearance can be cancelled by the attorney so that he can obtain what is known as "discovery." Discovery is the set of documents and other records including audio and video recording which a defendant is entitled to receive in New Jersey under the court rules. You need to hire an attorney immediately. In some instances an attorney can appear without a defendant.
In most cases, an attorney can appear for the client in misdemeanor cases on behalf of the client. Your attorney needs to have you can execute a form under Penal Code section 977.
A lawyer can handle some of the court appearances for you, but if it ids set for a jury trial you must appear in person for that. I am guessing it is the first court date that is coming up and if so, a lawyer can handle that for you if you hire them far enough in advance to do that.
If you hire an attorney, they may be able to get you excused from some court appearances, though this is not the normal situation. If the case goes to trial, you will need to be present for the trial. I have had cases where my clients live out of state, and the judge has excused their appearances in court, for hearings other than the trial. If you live in-state, such an excuse from court is unusual. Your attorney will have to work to minimize the number of hearings you attend, and do his best to minimize the impact of those hearings on your work schedule.
That's a good question for your attorney if you have one. However if you don't have an attorney, the answer is yes. DUI is a criminal charge and you must appear. Failure to appear will result in a bench warrant for your arrest and possibly another criminal charge called Bail Jumping.
Yes, because it looks like you are being charged with a misdemeanor, your attorney can appear for you under California Penal Code Section 977(a). You will most likely have to meet with your attorney (after work) and sign a plea deal (if he cannot get the case dismissed) with a notary. But yes, your attorney can do this for you without you needing to be present.
An attorney can appear for you in misdemeanor matters at all stages of the criminal proceedings except the actual trial. Most cases do not go to trial so you will probably be fine.
Yes, with an attorney you won't have to appear in court at all.
Generally, your attorney should be able to appear at the first appearance. You are likely to have to appear at some point, but with a test that low it is doubtful you would have to plead to a DUI.
You will need to talk to an attorney in your area, each county is different. By law you cannot waive an appearance to plead guilty, however some counties like Mecklenburg allow a plea by waiver for DWI. If you want to actually have a trial without your presence then NO, you cannot do that in any county.
A trial can certainly take place without you being present. If you are found guilty though, the sheriff will pick you up at work and take you directly to the jail.
You will need to appear. But DUI cases can often be handled in such a way as to get things continued and continued until a favorable result (plea deal).
If the case is set for trial, the judge may want you to be personally present. However, if the case is set for any other type of hearing, the judge may allow an attorney to appear for you under penal code section 977.
No, you need to be there if it is a trial date; however, your attorney can likely move the hearing dates around.
Yes, if you hire an attorney, they can appear in court on your behalf.
Yes you have to go to court. If you don't they could issue a warrant for your arrest.
Ask a local attorney a question for FREE.
FREE answer from a local attorney.
Your email is only used to send answers to you.