If you are facing DUI charges in Pennsylvania, it is important to know what you can expect during the DUI court process. To learn more about this process and how to prepare, continue reading and contact our knowledgeable DUI attorney, Georga A. Heym, Esq.
DUI Court Process
When facing a DUI court process in Pennsylvania, you can expect to face the following steps ahead:
- Preliminary Hearing: This hearing is initiated by the police officer who is filing a criminal complaint against you in front of a District Judge. The purpose of this preliminary hearing is to determine if the Commonwealth can establish enough evidence to send the case to Common Pleas Court for trial. It is required for the Commonwealth to prove that is it more likely than not that a crime was committed. The Commonwealth will also prove that it is more likely than not that you are the individual who committed this crime.
- Formal Arraignment: You will be required to attend a formal arraignment if all or some of the charges are held for court.
- Pre-Trial Conference: A meeting with the prosecutor against your DUI case will take place during the pre-trial conference. This conference will decide on a date for your case to proceed to trial.
- Trial Date: One of three things can occur on your trial date where you will be expected to proceed to trial. You can proceed to trial with either a non-jury or a jury trial. You may negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor. Or, the case may be postponed due to one of the parties being unable to proceed to trial on that date. The case will be withdrawn by the prosecutor or dismissed by the judge if the Commonwealth is unable or unwilling to proceed.
- Sentencing: After conviction or plea, you will be able to ask the Court for a pre-sentence report to postpone your sentencing for approximately 90 days. Or you can waive your right to the presentence report and ask the Judge to impose the sentence straight away. You will then serve your sentence.
If you are facing an upcoming DUI court process, it is necessary to retain the services of an experienced DUI attorney who has the necessary knowledge and experience to fight for your rights in court. To learn more about our firm and how we can assist you, do not hesitate to contact our legal team today.
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The Law Office of George Heym focuses exclusively on DUI defense. George Heym is a former Allegheny County DUI prosecutor with an understanding of both sides of a DUI case, notable litigation experience, and relationships with local courts. Contact our firm to fight for your rights.