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What to Expect at Your First Court Hearing

Going to Court? Here’s what to expect at your first court hearing.


Hi, my name is Givelle Lamano, and I’m the principle attorney at Lamano Law Office. One of the most common questions that people ask us is, what can I expect on my first court date? The simple answer is that there are three possibilities. Either, number one, your charges are rejected, and that means that you don’t have a criminal case against you. Number two, the charges are pending and a decision hasn’t been made yet. And finally, number three, charges are filed against you, in which case you will need an attorney.

Either way, on your very first court date, you have two option, go by yourself or hire an attorney. Regardless of which, you will fall into one of those categories, charges rejected, charges pending or charges filed. If you have any questions, we are eager to help. Please give us a call.


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Is DUI a felony?

Have you, a family member, or friend been arrested for driving under the influence in Alameda County or Contra Costa County? If so, you may be asking yourself this question: “Is a DUI a felony?” The answer is, it depends.

Was the DUI A Felony Or Misdemeanor?

Although a DUI, or Driving Under the Influence charge, may be a “cut-and-dry” situation for some people, the reality is that the consequences of the DUI all depend upon if the driver was charged with a felony or a misdemeanor.

There’s no doubt that being charged with a DUI is cause for concern, especially if it’s your first time, but the reality is that most 1st, 2nd, and 3rd time DUI convictions are often charged as misdemeanors. So give us a call and one of our experienced DUI attorneys will give you all the information you need to know.

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