Dealing with a criminal charge can be extremely stressful. Much of the stress comes from the unfamiliarity of the legal system and the possibility of facing serious consequences such as jail time. When a person uses healthy techniques to deal with this stress, they think clearer and have better control over their emotions which makes the process of going through a legal situation easier.
When stress is mismanaged it can effect a person emotionally and sometimes physically. Generally this leads to poor decision making, decreased productivity, and lack of joy in life. Poor management of stress can even make a legal situation even worse; such as acquiring an additional criminal charge.
Some unhealthy ways of coping with stress include;
- Drinking too much Alcohol
- Using Drugs or Pills to Relax
- Over Eating
- Avoiding Friends or Family
- Withdrawing from Activities
- Sleeping all Day
- Taking your Stress out on Others
Learning to deal with stress in a healthy manner can make a person feel more in control of their life. They have more control over their thoughts, emotions, and lifestyle.
Some healthy ways to deal with stress include;
- Exercise, Yoga, Stretching, Dancing, Team Activities
- Connecting with People, Talking to a Trusted Individual
- Taking Good Care of Yourself, Eating Healthy, Adequate Sleep
- Simply Give Your Mind a Break from the Stressor
- Manage Your Time Well, Don’t Over Commit
- Take Time to Relax
- Engage in Activities You Enjoy such as; listening to music, reading, writing, walking, going out for dinner etc.
- Avoid Excessive Caffeine, Sugar, Alcohol and Drugs
The legal process can be extremely stressful, however when the stress is managed, dealing with a criminal charge will be easier. When stress is handled in a healthy manner individuals are more resilient and can stand up to tough challenges. They are able to think clearer, make better decisions, and move forward with their lives.
Remember that people are all individuals and stress management is not a one-size-fits-all. That’s why it’s important for an individual to experiment with healthy stress management techniques and find out what works best for them!
The word “arraignment” sounds intimidating and scary. However, after learning about the who, what, and why of a DUI arraignment, a person should have a better understanding of the arraignment process and feel more at ease.
The Who – Who goes to a DUI arraignment?
- A person who has been charged with DUI, also called a criminal defendant, will be required to attend the arraignment.
- The arraignment is held in a court of law in front of a judge.
- It is likely that the city or state prosecutor will also be present.
- If a private DUI attorney was hired before the arraignment date, the defendant can expect to have their attorney present. If a private attorney was not hired than a public defender will be present.
- Other people may also be in the courtroom during the DUI arraignment.
The What – What is an arraignment?
- An arraignment is a criminal defendant’s first formal court hearing.
- The defendant will be formally told of their charges by the judge or prosecutor.
- The defense attorney and judge will advise the defendant of their legal rights.
The Why – Why is an arraignment important?
- During the arraignment the judge will ask how the defendant would like to plead to the DUI charge, guilty or not guilty?
- The defendant will need to plead guilty or not guilty.
- Next the judge will set conditions of release, which could include; being released on personal recognizance, bail being set, order to install an ignition interlock device, a prohibition against consuming alcohol or drugs (including marijuana), placement of an alcohol detection device on your person, and no driving if the defendant is uninsured or their license is invalid.
- In most jurisdictions, the defendant can expect to receive a copy of their police report from the prosecutor if a defense attorney is present.
- And lastly, the defendant can expect to receive their next DUI court date, which is called the pre-trial hearing.
The DUI defense attorneys at David O Defense are here to help navigate clients through all steps of the legal process, including the DUI arraignment. If you have been charged with DUI, call our defense lawyers today, 206-459-6392, to schedule a free legal consultation.