Court Appearances - Frequently Asked Questions
- If I hired an attorney, do I have to go to court? - Since you have been charged with a DUI, you MUST appear at every court hearing, even if you have an attorney.
- I missed a court date, what should I do now? - Typically, if you miss a court date a warrant will issue for your arrest. Depending on the court, you may be able to walk in and quash the warrant, call and reset, or turn yourself in to the jail. With an attorney's help, a new date can be set for your appearance.
- I live in another state; do I still have to go to court? - Most likely you will have to appear at the arraignment. You must appear at all court hearings, like a citizen from the State of Washington.
- Will the judge treat me differently if I hire an attorney? - The short answer is no. An experienced attorney will guide you through the system and that generally saves the court time. As a general rule, having an attorney usually gets you into and out of court faster.
- What should I wear to court? - When going to court a standard dress code must be followed. the rules for court clothing is the same as a formal event, such as: weddings, or job interviews. You should dress to impress and leave any hats, gum, or electronics in the car as you are not permitted to have these. If you are an individual in custody and do not have access to court clothing then you may request a voucher for court clothes with the proper authorities before appearing in court.