About the First Court Date
This first court date is known as an arraignment and its primary function is to:
- Advise you of the charges against you
- The possible penalties
- Your rights as a defendant
If you have hired an attorney, sometimes this court date can be vacated.
The next court dates are called pre-trial conferences, which are an opportunity
to meet with the District Attorney's office to discuss your case and
negotiate plea offers. There may be multiple pre-trial conferences, and
having an attorney can help ensure you have received all of the information
from the District Attorney's office.
Motion Hearings & Sentencing
Depending on the facts of the case, you may also have motions hearings,
where arguments are made to the judge regarding things like evidence and
possibly dismissal of certain charges. Motions hearings are based on legal
arguments that are supported by Colorado statutes and prior cases. If
you are unable to reach an agreement with the District Attorney's
office regarding a plea, your case will go to jury trial. There are usually
6 jury members, and each side presents its evidence-including examining
and cross-examining witnesses.
Finally, there is sentencing, where the court determines your punishment.
The court will consider all evidence that is helpful to you, and an attorney
can make sure that evidence is brought to the court's attention.
Why Hire Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.?
In light of these numerous and complex hearings, motions, negotiations,
and possibility of a jury trial, it is important to have one of our experienced
Longmont DUI attorney by your side. Not only will we represent your interests
at every hearing, we will negotiate with the District Attorney's office
to get you the best possible plea bargain. Further, we can ensure that
any violations of your constitutional rights are known to the court. Finally,
if we cannot reach an agreement that is acceptable to you, our criminal
defense team will vigorously defend you at trial.