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Should I hire a DUI attorney immediately and what will happen at my first court appearance

While the ultimate resolution to your case may not come for months, you must start the process immediately. First, most people arrested for DUI or DWAI have to take an immediate action with the DMV (Dept. of Revenue) to preserve their driving privilege. If the proper steps are not taken, you will automatically lose your driver’s license.

Second, it is important to start investigating your case and requesting relevant information and materials so they are not lost.  In addition, the sooner we begin the process, the sooner we can start taking steps to prepare your case and counsel you to engage in activities that could assist in obtaining the best possible result.

There are several other case-specific reasons why you should seek representation immediately. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWAI, be sure to contact the experienced attorneys at Schwartz, Waible & Esser.

Your first court appearance is for you to be advised that you are charged with driving under the influence and other traffic offenses in Colorado. The court will advise you of certain constitutional rights you have involving the rights of trial, legal representation, and appeals. If you appear by yourself, the prosecutor may request to meet with you and have you plead guilty to a DUI charge.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, the judge may also restrict your freedom at the first court appearance. A Colorado judge has the authority to impose pretrial conditions while your case is pending. Such conditions and restrictions include monitored sobriety, travel restrictions, and periodic reporting with a pretrial supervision officer.

If you retain Schwartz, Waible & Esser, we may be able to file a motion with the court so that you do not need to appear at the first scheduled court date.


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