If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) with a blood or breath test of .08 or higher, it is custom to appear in court to either plead guilty or not guilty to your charges. Often times you can fight your DWI case if you have an experienced DWI lawyer who is well educated with your case, and they may even get your charges reduced. After all, you are always innocent until proved guilty.

However, whether you are pleading guilty or not guilty, appearing in court is never a pleasant experience. And while a court appearance for a DWI charge is a fairly common practice, most DWI defendants have never been arrested before, so the experience of appearing in court and having to face these serious charges can be extremely daunting.

If you are heading into court to face your DWI charges and are unsure about what is going to happen at your appearance or are unsure of how to treat the process, here are a few tips for getting through your DWI court case:

1. Give Yourself Time To Get To Court

For an appointment that is as important as a court appearance, you do not want to take any chances with time. Keep the mindset that anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and plan on arriving the courtroom 45 minutes to an hour before your scheduled hearing time. You want to give yourself time to get through traffic, wait in any court lines, and think over your plan for once you are inside of the court room.

2. Respect Your Situation

It is understandable to feel frustrated or angry with your situation. However, showing disrespect or contempt in court will certainly not help your situation or make the process any easier. Therefore, make sure that you are dressing and acting in a way that is respectful. For instance, wear nice dress clothing and do not eat or chew gum in the courtroom. Also make sure that you are on time for your hearing and you are speaking clearly when the judge talks to you. These small actions will go a long way in the end.

3. Prepare To Mediate, Not Fight To Win

Many people often go into their court case with the mindset that they are either going to “win” or “lose.” In the case of a DWI charge, many defendants often think of being found guilty as losing, even if they get their charges significantly reduced or fines dropped. However, it is important to remember that court cases are more about mediation then they are about fighting to win. Your DWI lawyer will work together with the judge to find a solution that is fair and right for everyone involved.

4. Know Your Next Steps Before Leaving

Depending on the situation of your specific case, you may have to complete further steps after your court hearing. For instance, do you need to come back again? Do you need to prepare any written legal arguments or proposed court orders? Do you have any assigned classes or community service actions that you need to provide proof of? Be sure that you find out all of the information before you leave the court room.

If you are facing a driving while intoxicated charge and need legal advice, be sure to contact our experienced DWI lawyers at The Wilder Firm. We can help fight for your case and seek the results that you want.