What to Expect at Court when Arrested for OUI in Massachusetts for the First Time





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Published on Dec 20, 2013

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In this video, Massachusetts Attorney Michael DelSignore explains the purpose of your first court date- the arraignment- and what usually happens during the date. This video was designed to help you prepare for your first court date and to give you an idea of what to expect based on years of experience. Many people are nervous about their first court date and the court process can seem more daunting that it actually s. Attorney Delsignore hopes to answer any questions you have regarding your first court date based on his professional experience.

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I’m Michael DelSignore, Massachusetts OUI lawyer and today's video, I’m wanna explain to you what's gonna happen on your first court date when you're arrested for OIU. First court date is the arraignment date. At this court date, the court's going to formally enter a not guilty plea. The court’s gonna assemble your file so your case is not gonna be called immediately at 9 o'clock when the court starts, you’ll likely be called at about 10:30, 11 o'clock. You're probably before the judge between 30-45 seconds and if this is just a first offense OUI, there's going to be no issue, your bail will be released on your promise to appear in court. If you hire a lawyer for that date perfect, if you haven't, it's not a problem because you gonna get another date for pre-trial hearing. What I would suggest is, hire a lawyer quickly after the process because it might be evidence that we need to preserve or things that need to be done right away but generally if you hire a lawyer within a week of being arrested that's going to be sufficient time so you don’t have to feel compelled to hire the first lawyer that you meet with just to appear at the arraignment. Better if you can have a lawyer for the arraignment, not essential. At the next court date, is a pre-trial hearing so your next court date is not a trial but a conference state to make sure you have all the information about your case. From the pre-trial then the case could go right to trial or is it often as the case you may need a motion date. This date is to attempt to limit or reduce the evidence the government can present if you have any constitutional challenges as to why you were stopped, asked to get out of the car or if you’re contending that breath test evidence was inadmissible you’ll have a motion hearing which is essentially a mini-trial but on a legal issue then eventually the final step for the case is to be brought before either a judge or jury for trial on all the issues and that will finally determine whether there's enough evidence to convict you of OUI or whether the government's fought sure the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. If you have any questions about what happens on your first court date or any of the steps along the way in fighting OUI offense, feel free to call me my name's Michael DelSignore I answer this question every day. I’d be happy to discuss the court process with you.


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