Being Arraigned

One guarantee in an operating while intoxicated case is that you will get arraigned.  An arraignment is a court hearing where the court, whether by a judge or magistrate, informs the defendant of the charges against them and takes their initial plea.  Most of the time, the defendant pleads not guilty and the case then proceeds to a pretrial down the road.  Additionally, the magistrate or judge will set a bond, which may include travel restrictions, random drug and alcohol testing, and other requirements.

In most of the Oakland County District Courts, the judges allow waivers of arraignment in first offense OWI cases.  What this means is that we can send in a written waiver to the court, who will then in turn set everything down for a pretrial.  Our clients appreciate this because it eliminates having to go court and many times the random testing requirements are not implemented.