Many people also wonder, “What happens if you get a DUI?” The accused party (the person arrested) is held in jail until their first court appearance. The judge will read the affidavit from the arresting officer to determine if there is probable cause. Usually the judge finds probable cause and then issues a bond, after which the defendant is given a bond and released, provided that the bond (a.k.a. bail) is paid.
You may wonder what to do when you get a DUI. You do not plead guilty or not guilty at your first court appearance, and you are not usually appointed a lawyer at that time. You can, however, hire an attorney to represent you for this initial stage.
In essence, the answer regarding what to do if you get a DUI is to act fast. A DUI is extremely time-sensitive (with only 10 days to request an administrative review hearing), so it is important you contact us immediately after release if you haven’t done so while in custody. The administrative penalties are assessed to your driver license, and you want to address those immediately.