Georgia DUI Arraignment Process
Your first court appearance is for your allegation. For most DUI suspects, this will be your only appearance in a courtroom.
You appear before the judge, who reads the charge against you (the defendant). You will be asked if you have an attorney or if you need a court-appointed attorney (a public defender). You will be enquired if you plead “guilty,” “not guilty,” or “no contest.” Pleading “no contest” has the same results as if you pled guilty as far as your penalty is concerned, but it does not need you to say that you are guilty of the charges.
This is accommodating if other charges in this case may derive, such as for material goods damage or personal injury. Though, there can be other consequences from pleading “no contest” (or nolo contendre), so ask your legal representative or public defender to describe all of the implications.
The dates of any future events will be planned by the clerk of the court at this time.
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