Often my clients want to know how long their DUI case will take.
Many want to get the case taken care of as soon as possible.
This post is about why you should think twice about getting your case done quickly and opt for taking the long road.
I tell my clients that the length of a case depends on a lot of things. The first court appearance is usually about a month to 6 weeks after your arrest. In almost EVERY case it isn’t a good idea to plead guilty at this hearing. The investigation probably isn’t fully complete and often the lowest court will not be willing to reduce or dismiss the charges against you at the very first hearing.
If you decide to plead not guilty, the court will either set a new court date or bind the charges up to the county’s misdemeanor court. In the larger counties the charges go to State Court. In the smaller counties the charges go to Superior Court.
If you opt to have the charges bound up, the next court date may take several months. This depends on the courts scheduling, the current case load, and how busy the prosecutors are. In reality, cases start to finish can range in length anywhere between 4 weeks to over a year.
If you are charged with a DUI, do NOT hesitate. Call Block Law at (770) 824-3030 now to secure your free consultation!
Well how is waiting a good thing?!
In many instances it is a good thing if your case takes a long time. The longer the case takes, the more likely the police officer will forget key facts about you and the reason for your arrest. This means I may be able to show the jury your innocence.
Remember, a DUI arrest is NOT the same as a DUI conviction. In the U.S. you are innocent until proven beyond a reasonable doubt guilty.Once you get your driver’s license back you can go about living your life. My job is to worry about your case so you don’t have to. Often my clients are experiencing fear, dread, and anxiety about their DUI case. Relax! I’ll review the evidence and conduct my own investigation to get to the bottom of what really happened.
There isn’t a good reason to rush to get your DUI case completed. Wait until I exhaust all the legal options for your case. Take a deep breath and get a good night sleep.