Communicating with your DUI Attorney

A week before your initial trial date, your attorney should contact you to go over the case and let you know what to expect.

This waiting period can drive the accused crazy.  You are free to drive without restrictions and are technically still innocent as you have not been found guilty.  However, you know that your day of reckoning is coming closer by the day.  You want updates, you want to know your chances.

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But keep in mind while waiting for your trial date that attorneys are very busy, and yours isn’t the only case they have.  If your case is a first offense DWI without an accident, it’s also a pretty basic case that doesn’t require loads of time on the part of the attorney. The attorney will comb through the summons, arrest warrant and the official reports filed by the police officer looking for anything that works in your favor.  However, in a DUI case without an accident, there won’t be too much to look through, so it’s something they can knock out quickly.

Your attorney probably won’t even get to speak to the arresting officer or the prosecutor about your case until the court date.  Again, your case is one of many for your attorney as well as the prosecutor and the officer.  If it isn’t in their hand that day, they aren’t going to be able to talk about it.

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That said, if you do have questions or concerns, text, call or email your attorney and they should respond back quickly.  Don’t abuse this, but you did pay good money, so they should be responsive.

In my case, my attorney helped me immediately when the court accidentally issued a bench warrant for failing to appear at my arraignment.  The paperwork was filed and timestamped on time, so I didn’t have to be there.  But a mistake was made in the clerk of the court office, which my attorney was able to have fixed right away.  He also answered several questions I had along the way, via email.

A week before my trial date, he met with me in person to go over the possibilities.  At the time, he expected a continuation of the trial date another month. He did not have everything he requested in discovery, nor had I arranged to serve my potential jail time.  Therefore, I went to court prepared to go home, rather than go into custody.

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It is understandable that you are feeling anxious about your trial date. However, a good attorney will have things under control, and will meet with you about a week before the trial date to go over the possibilities; sooner if your case seems dire and you need to prepare to go to jail.

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