Do I need to go to a court hearing for a DUI? 57 Answers as of May 30, 2013

Do I need to attend a hearing for my DUI case? I was wondering whether a court hearing is necessary for a DUI charge.

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
Yes, court appearances are necessary. Yes, you need to appear for all your court-appearances unless you are directed otherwise by the court or by your attorney.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/25/2012
The Short Law Group, P.C.
The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
Yes it is. At least one court appearance will be mandatory.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 4/20/2012
Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
Yes. You should also seek the assistance of an attorney. Failing to show to any of the hearings that you will be required to attend will cause you more legal trouble that you already have.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 4/10/2012
The Jordan Law Firm
The Jordan Law Firm | John Paul Jordan
Like most criminal charges you have to appear before a judge during sentencing regardless of what type of deal you made with the D.A. or City Attorney.
Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
Replied: 4/10/2012
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
Yes, all DUI charges require a court hearing, you must be present unless your attorney tells you not to.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    Yes, at a minimum you have to go to your arraignment.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman | Brian K. Wanerman
    If you've received a summons to appear in court on any charge (In the case of a DUI, this may be on the citation ("ticket") you were given) you had better show up. If you don't, the court can issue a bench warrant for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    I assume you mean a court trial. You may enter a plea of guilty before the judge, and aviod a court trial. or the prosecution may determine there is not enough evidence to convict you and drop the charges. Hire a GOOD defense attorney to defend you, he will know the best avenue to dispose of the case, be it through pleas, motions or trial. Do NOT handle the case by yourself, you could end up messing yourself up for the rest of your life.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    A hearing is mandatory on a DUI charge. You must be present in Court to respond to the charge and/or receive the sentence imposed on you if you plead guilty or you are found guilty.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Toivonen Law Office | John Toivonen
    When you are the Defendant in a criminal case you are required to be present at every hearing. If you do not appear the judge can issue a bench warrant for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Absolutely it is necessary. You will probably be required to attend multiple court hearings before it is over. If you miss any scheduled court date, the judge will issue a warrant for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    It is, but as long it is a misdemeanor, you can hire a lawyer to make your appearances for you. If you want to go to trial, you need to be there for that.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C.
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C. | Michael Morgan
    Your presence is required in court if you are a defendant in a DUI case. Mike Morgan Email transmissions to clients of this office presumably contain confidential and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient. The use, distribution, transmittal or re-transmittal by any unintended recipient of any communication is prohibited without our express approval in writing or by email. If you are not the intended recipient please contact the sender and delete all copies.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    You must appear for a DUI. I would be able to keep your appearance down and continue the matter.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Hynum Law Office, LLC
    Hynum Law Office, LLC | G. Wayne Hynum
    Yes, you need to go to the Court hearing.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    If you or an attorney on your behalf does not show up a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    Yes. You will have a court hearing set and you must attend.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    Yes you would have to attend an initial arraignment or 'first appearance' in order to be formally advised as to the nature of the charges and your rights. You may also be required to attend pre-trial and/or a trial date.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Yes. You will have to go to court.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Goodgame Law, LLC
    Goodgame Law, LLC | Jeffrey L Goodgame
    Generally, a defendant is required to appear at all criminal court hearings. The Court might issue a warrant for your arrest if you fail to appear.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Aaron Black Law
    Aaron Black Law | Aaron Black
    If the court ordered you to be there you better go or a warrant will be issued.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 4/7/2012
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady | Kevin O'Grady
    If you are charged with DUI in state court you do have a court hearing and in order to fight it, you must appear at court. Once you hire an aggressive attorney who will fight for you, you may not be required to attend every hearing. The only way to fight it is to hire an aggressive attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You may mean the refusal hearing that is scheduled at arraignment and is before an Administrative Judge at the Violations Bureau. If you do not show up they will just cancel the hearing. If the officer does not show up they have to return your license pending the resolution of the case. Your lawyer will tell you if you should attend the hearing and if he charges extra for it. You will almost never win the hearing since the officer will say he gave you the refusal warnings, but about 10% of the officers do not appear. If you are taking a plea right away your license will be suspended or revoked and you will get a conditional license so that has to be taken into consideration as well. Retain a good criminal lawyer if you have not already since a DWI conviction can greatly increase your insurance and hurt your chances of getting a good job for the rest of your life.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    It is normally mandatory that you make the hearing for a DUI. If you have an Atty. make the appearance for you you will not have to show up. Death however you do not show up or an Atty. representing you does not show up for you a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Yes, it is a criminal offense. Do you want the government be able to label you a criminal without open court hearings? Do not treat this lightly it can affect the rest of your life. You need an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    San Diego DUI Law Center
    San Diego DUI Law Center | Rick Mueller
    You or your attorney must appear since a DUI is a misdemeanor.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    If you or your attorney don't appear, there will be a warrant issued for your arrest. On misdemeanors like this, your attorney can appear in court without the defendant being present, and any plea bargain deal could be handled by notarized paperwork.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    If you are charged with DUI you have no choice and must appear in court on the arraignment date.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Absolutely yes.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo | Matthew Murillo
    Yes. A DUI is still a criminal offense and you WILL be required to attend court. If you fail to appear, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. However, if you hire an attorney, then they can appear for you without a need for you to be present. A DMV hearing, however, is not something that happens automatically. It must be requested within 10 days from the date of arrest, otherwise, your license will almost certainly be suspended by the time you even get to Court, and there is little the judge can do to make the DMV give it back.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN | Michael Bialys
    If you have been summoned to go to court it is mandatory that you appear to avoid a warrant.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    Absolutely. You need to hire lawyer ASAP as there is not only criminal case but drivers license matter that has a short time in which to request a hearing to try not to lose your license.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC | Anthony Overton Van Johnson
    Typically, attendance in court on a DUI charge is mandatory. An exception would be, if you reside outside of the State and have an attorney appear on your behalf. The attorney may be able to resolve your DUI charge without you appearing in court.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Ellman and Ellman PC
    Ellman and Ellman PC | Kevin Ellmann
    Yes. A court Hearing is absolutely necessary and you will most likely need to be there, even if you have an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    If you have been arrested for DUI in NH, you must attend your court hearings. A court hearing is always necessary for DUI charge in NH.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    Yes. You are charged with a serious crime and face up to one year in jail, you will probably have many court appearances before this case is resolved.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin | Daniel K Martin
    Yes and a dmv hearing.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Of course it is. Unless you have an attorney, you must personally be in court, or a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    You need to go to court for at least the arraignment, where you will plead guilty and learn what the terms of your sentence will be. How do you expect to resolve your case without ever going to court.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    At some point you will have to go to court, yes. If you do not, a warrant for your arrest for failure to appear will issue.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    Yes, a DUI does require an appearance in court. Sometimes an attorney can work with a prosecutor to allow a plea of guilty by mail. This is rare and will likely not be available unless you are living in a different state and attendance in court would be difficult.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Law Offices of Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq.
    Law Offices of Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq. | Stephanie Lee Ehrbright
    Yes, you will have to attend court. For misdemeanor DUI's there is typically an arraignment date where you would plead Not Guilty. This is usually the date listed on your ticket. After that there is usually 2-3 Pretrial Conferences about a month apart from each other where your attorney will discuss matters with the prosecutor. If you have a private attorney then they may be able to make it so you do not have to attend some or most of these dates. Typically if you use a Public Defender you will need to attend all of them. Then if you enter in to a Plea you will need to be there for that or if you go to Trial you will also need to be there for that.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    DWI's are mandatory court appearances, unless you enter a guilty plea by mail, which usually requires the services of an attorney. If you have an attorney, you can waive your arraignment if it is a misdemeanor charge, but will have to appear at some point if you enter a plea or take the case to a trial.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Meadows & Howell, LLC
    Meadows & Howell, LLC | Brad Howell
    Yes, you must attend the court hearings for a DUI charge. There is no court in Alabama which allows you to pay a fine without attending the court hearing, because a DUI is not a mere citation; it is a misdemeanor criminal charge.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Gutin and Wolverton
    Gutin and Wolverton | Harley Gutin
    Absolutely. A DUI is a criminal charge and there will be Court hearings and possibly a trial.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    Absolutely! If you skip court then you get a warrant for failure to appear and another case against you.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    The McNair Firm, PLLC
    The McNair Firm, PLLC | Kathryn R. McNair
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Law Office of Robert Sisson | Robert Sisson
    Yes. If it says to appear, then u must appear. However if u hire an atty to represent u, then he can appear at the hearing on ur behalf.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Robert Mortland
    Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
    Yes, you will need to appear or hire an attorney to appear for you. If you hire an attorney, most of the time he is able to appear for you (PC 977) for the entire case and you will not have to see the inside of a courtroom.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    The Law Office of Scott M. Aaronson, PLLC | Scott Aaronson
    Yes! You will need to attend several court hearings. You could be convicted of jail time, suspended license, probation and other things. Because of this it is important you hire a lawyer competant in OWI defense.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot | Susan Correia Champa
    If you were charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) and you received a court summons you must attend or the court will issue a summons for your arrest.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 4/5/2012
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