How Early Should I Arrive for my Court Hearings?
It is important to always be on time for your hearing.
If you have been cited/charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence), it is important that you appear on time for all scheduled court hearings as your presence is usually mandatory. Generally, unless your attorney has requested that you arrive at a certain time, you should arrive in between 15-20 minutes early. This will allow you enough time to go through the metal detectors and find your courtroom. Make sure you are in the courtroom on time, as the Judge/bailiff/or clerk will usually take roll call to make sure everyone is in attendance, (if you are not in the courtroom when roll call is taken, it is probable the Judge will issue a Bench Warrant for your arrest). Also, always factor traffic into your travel time. If you are running late due to traffic, call your attorney immediately so your attorney can try and prevent a Bench Warrant by notifying the Judge of your tardiness.
If you have not retained private counsel regarding your DUI charge and have missed a court appearance, there may be a warrant out for your arrest. It is important that you speak with an experienced and respected DUI attorney to go over all your options in regards to your DUI and your possible warrant. You can all our office at (206) 382-9200 to schedule a free one-hour consultation to discuss your case with attorney Kevin Trombold.
The Saying Goes….
“Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable!”