It is important for individuals who have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to understand the legal process and their legal options should they choose to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help you formulate a defense and will typically help with the pre-trial conferences and any hearings that are held.
The pre-trial conference is typically used to help make sure the DUI trial process goes smoothly and that the court is alerted to the progression of the case. If you have been charged with DUI, contact the experienced Seattle DUI lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Law Firm at 866-822-1230 to discuss your legal options.
Before a DUI trial commences, pre-trial conferences may be held to:
- Request a “continuance” if all of the evidence has not been delivered to the defendant's attorney
- Discuss the merits of the case and negotiate alternative charges if the prosecutor and defense attorney agree that the case should not go to trial
- Set pre-trial motions and other actions if the case is set to go to trial
- Legal challenges may be submitted and discussed
The pre-trial conference often serves to help streamline the DUI process and may result in lesser charges against the individual if the defense attorney and the prosecutor can come to a mutually beneficial agreement during the negotiation process.
DUI charges can have a serious effect on your life, and may require spending significant amounts of time and money. If you or someone you love is facing DUI charges, contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of Cowan Kirk at 866-822-1230 to discuss your defense.