Time to Complete a DUI or Criminal Trial or Plea:
The time it takes to complete a criminal case depends on whether you plead guilty or fight the case.
Although a trial might happen the first day of court, it is far more likely that it will take several months until the case is fully ready for trial. This is because certain evidence has to be obtained (police reports, video), and these items might not be available on the first court date. Additionally, your attorney should fully review the evidence and watch any video prior to being ready for a trial.
The second way to end a case is by pleading guilty. When you plead guilty, you are not having a trial, and you are admitting that you committed the crime you’re accused of. Although this might seem like the fastest way to close the case, it might not be. You might be on the court’s supervision or probation for a period of time (1-3 years). Therefore, the case might still cause you to have commitments to the court.
Trial or Plea, Which is Better:
A trial and a plea each have benefits. Only a careful review of the charges and evidence, and consideration of the client, judge, and court will determine which route is best.
Consequences of a Plea:
Pleading guilty does not necessary ensure a quick resolution. For example, on a DUI case, a plea of guilty will require you to obtain an evaluation, obtain treatment, and attend a Victim Impact Panel. Furthermore, it may cause a revocation of your driver’s license that might take years to correct. Therefore, what seems like the fastest way might actually be the longest route. Only a full review of your case can determine which method it best.