DWI? Your Course of Action from Traffic Stop to Court and Beyond

Comply with any Pre-Trial Requirements

In many cases, there will be pre-trial requirements. You may have to adhere to a curfew, check-in on a frequent basis, attend weekly progress meetings, sustain from the use of alcohol, and follow other strict requirements. If this is the case, be sure to follow your program guidelines and go above and beyond. This will make you look good to the prosecution and may result in the prosecution’s willingness to plea bargain and more lenient sentencing. If you do not have pre-trial requirements, it is still a good idea to mind your p’s and q’s by sustaining from any mind altering substance and activities that could result in further speculation that you are not taking your criminal DWI case seriously.

Prosecution and Court

Be sure to attend all court dates and required conferences with the prosecutors. Failure to make an appearance will result in the assumption that you are not interested in your own defense, and you may be left in the dark or without much input into your own case. Furthermore, missing a court date without a legitimate cause will result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest.

Successful Completion of Your Sentence

Once your sentence is negotiated and agreed upon with the prosecution, or handed down by a judge or jury, there is little that can be done to change the terms without legitimate cause. Unless your charges result in jail or prison time, you will more than likely be required to comply with sentencing requirements such as holding down a job, performing community service, checking-in with a probation officer, ignition interlock(s), periodic drug testing, classes, and more. Follow the program guidelines without deviation, and you should avoid further legal trouble.

DISCLAIMER: The exclusive purpose of this article is educational and it is not intended as either legal advice or a general solution to any specific legal problem.  Corporate offices for The DWI GUYS are located at 432 N. Franklin Street, Suite 80, Syracuse, NY 13204; Telephone No.: 1-877-704-9991.  Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.  

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