Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist (Federal & State Courts)
The first court date is an Arraignment. At the arraignment, the court may accept the following types of plea: Not Guilty, Guilty or possibly No Contest. The court will also inquire if you have an attorney. If you retainBoard Certified Criminal Defense Specialist, Edward Liebling, you will not be required to attend the arraignment. Mr. Liebling will file paperwork notifying the court, clerk and prosecutor that you are pleading NOT GUILTY and he will be the attorney of record.
At the Arraignment, a pre-trial conference hearing will be scheduled. Prior to the first pre-trial conference, Mr. Liebling may have received “discovery” from the assigned prosecutor. Discovery includes police reports, a witness list, your criminal record history, if any, driving record and any other evidence the government intends to use against you. Once discovery is received, Mr. Liebling will order the DUI video if one exists. This process usually takes time and may require additional pre-trial hearings (continuances). Whenever any evidence is received, Mr. Liebling will then provide copies to you for review and consultation.
At the pre-trial conferences, Mr. Liebling may request a new hearing date for a motion to suppress or dismiss if the facts of the case support it. Mr. Liebling may request a continuance to permit prosecutors additional time to review your case for a charge reduction in hopes that the prosecutor will agree to a charge reduction such as reckless driving. After extensive consultation with Mr. Liebling, you may decide that setting the case for a jury trial is the best course of action.
Call now to speak with Mr. Liebling: (727) 725-3600