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Tampa DUI Arraignment

A Tampa DUI Arraignment is the initial court appearance of the defendant. The court will inform the defendant of the charges pending, give the defendant his/her rights, appoint a lawyer if necessary, and hear the plea of the defendant. These arraignments are set before a judge when a defendant is charged with an offense. At the arraignment, the defendant is told that he/she is charged with and the possible penalties for the offense. The defendant may plead guilty, and if so, the judge may impose a sentence at this time. The defendant's ability to obtain an attorney is also assessed, and a public defender or volunteer attorney may be appointed if he/she cannot afford a private attorney, and one has not previously been appointed. As with all hearings, the victim of the crime has an absolute right to appear and be heard.

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