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Your DUI Court Arraignment in Colorado


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Being arrested for a DUI is a very unpleasant experience. Whether you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI), DUI with injury, driving under the influence of drugs (DUID), or driving while ability impaired (DWAI), you will be handcuffed and taken into custody. Even if this is your first offense, you face serious legal consequences, including substantial fines, jail time, and the loss of driving privileges.

From the moment of your arrest, your life will change dramatically. Fortunately, this is not something you have to face alone. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our dedicated Grand Junction DUI lawyers help people like you every day. In fact, we will be right by your side throughout this difficult time to help protect your freedom, your reputation, and your ability to earn a living. Schedule a FREE consultation with the Grand Junction DUI attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC, today by calling (970) 243-4357.

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How to Prepare for an Arraignment Hearing

Depending on the Colorado county where you get arrested for DUI, you may either be booked directly into jail or released to a sober party. In either case, you will be asked to sign a “Summons and Complaint.” Your “Summons and Complaint” will provide the time and date of your first court date which is called an arraignment. At this point, it is highly advisable to seek legal representation as soon as possible.

In any case, do not miss your first court appearance or a warrant will be issued for your arrest. During your arraignment, you will be advised of the charges against you and all possible penalties. The judge will also advise you of your right to hire an attorney to defend yourself if you have not already done so.

If you choose to waive this right, the court will assign a public defender to your case. Nobody should have to face a judge without professional counsel, and this includes your arraignment for a DUI. If you arrange for counsel in advance, it is possible that your attendance will not be required at the arraignment hearing.

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Appearing Before a Judge

The results of your arraignment hearing can have a significant impact on your future. You will be given the choice of pleading guilty or not guilty. If you haven’t already hired an attorney, the judge may also grant you a continuance to seek counsel and then you will be instructed to return at a later date accompanied by your lawyer.

Defendants who have a prior offense or defendants who had to post a bond to secure their release from jail may be subjected to further restrictions by the judge. This may include travel restrictions and periodic monitoring of your sobriety by means of uranalysis or a breathalyzer. Between now and the end of the legal proceedings, the defendant must not be found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and they cannot be charged with any new criminal offenses without facing serious legal consequences.

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Our Attorneys Will Fight for Your Freedom

At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our DUI defense lawyers understand that this is a very difficult time in your life. That’s why we always treat people with respect and listen with empathy. It is very important to provide our clients with a safe environment where we can calmy discuss your situation.

After listening to everything you have to say and thoroughly investigating the situation, we will be ready to go over your options. In many cases, we can achieve the best possible outcome without even going to trial. But we aren’t afraid to fight for you in court if that’s what it takes to protect you.

Now is the time to reach out to Peters & Nolan, LLC, to schedule a FREE consultation. It is always comforting to have someone on your side. Call (970) 243-4357 today.

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Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.

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