Steps in a DUI Trial

If you are facing DUI charges in the Denver area, you do not want an attorney who pressures you to plead guilty when it is not the right option for your case. In many cases, going to trial is necessary to stand up for your rights and avoid wrongful conviction. For this reason, you always want to have an attorney on your side with extensive trial experience who is not hesitant to take your case to trial when appropriate. The following is some information regarding the steps of the DUI trial process.


Pre-trial preparations — Trials require substantial preparation, including gathering evidence, interviewing possible witnesses, evaluating the strength of the prosecutor’s case, and more. One important part of pretrial preparations is filing motions with the court to keep certain parts of evidence out of trial. For example, if any evidence was obtained by law enforcement officers in violation of your 4th Amendment or other constitutional rights, the court may refuse to allow it to be admitted at trial.

Opening statements — The prosecutor will explain to the judge or jury (depending on what type of trial you have) the evidence they plan to present and why they believe you should be found guilty of DUI. Your defense attorney will then have the opportunity to make a statement regarding why you are not guilty.

Witness testimony — The prosecutor will call relevant witnesses and your defense lawyer will be able to cross-examine these witnesses to challenge the accuracy of their testimony. Witnesses for the prosecution often include the arresting officer, any witnesses to DUI accidents (if one allegedly occurred), and more. You will then have the chance to question your own witnesses or testify yourself.

Closing statements — Following the close of both the prosecutor’s and your defense’s presentation of evidence, each side will address the judge or jury to review the evidence and make arguments regarding how the evidence should be interpreted. This is the final opportunity for your defense attorney to convince them why you should be found not guilty.

Verdict — The judge or jury will then take time to review all of the evidence that was presented and deliberate on their decision. They will then return with a verdict of guilty or not guilty. If you are found not guilty, your case will be over. If you are found guilty, you will face sentencing and will have the opportunity to appeal the verdict if you choose.

Every DUI trial is different, so the above is only a general guideline of what to expect from a DUI trial.

Contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer for assistance with your case today

Jay Tiftickjian is an experienced DUI defense lawyer with significant experience representing clients at trial. He will fully evaluate all possible options in every individual DUI case and will be a zealous advocate for every client. Mr. Tiftickjian is a highly respected defense attorney who will guide you through every step of your case and make the DUI process as smooth as possible. Please call the Tiftickjian Law Firm at 303-DUI-5280 to discuss your case today.

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