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When Is Someone Required To Make A First Court Appearance?


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Attorney Myles Berman explains as far as making a first appearance in court, I’m going to talk about a misdemeanor DUI and this is the same as misdemeanor DUI alcohol as for misdemeanor DUI drugs be it marijuana or prescription drugs or even illegal drugs, generally, on any kind of misdemeanor DUI where the person’s appearance isn’t required. For example, bail is posted, they do not have to go to court, the lawyers can appear for them. We don’t actually want our clients to appear in court on the first court date. We want to be able to speak to the prosecutor. We want to get a copy of the charges. We want to get a copy of the police report and we want to send all of that information to our client so that we can thoroughly discuss and investigate the case for our client.

When the client appears in court for the first time voluntarily, it kind of looks like the lawyer is trying to plead or encourage the client to plead out on the first court date. That’s absolutely not the way that we practice in what we believe is the best way to fight a DUI case. For felony cases, it’s a different story. When a person is on bail, generally speaking, the person needs to be in court on each and every court appearance. From time to time, even in felonies, we are able to represent our clients in court without our clients being there. The first appearance is one of the most critical appearances in a DUI case. It can set the stage and the tone for the rest of the case. We feel and practice this way that it’s not always best to have the client there on the first court date, if at all possible.

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Description: Generally on any kind of misdemeanor DUI where the person’s appearance isn’t required for example bail is posted. They do not have to go to court, the lawyers can appear for them.

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