Oklahoma DUI Trial
If you are charged with DUI and plead not guilty, your case may end up at trial. This can be a complicated process, so it's best to work with a defense attorney who has experience with drunk-driving cases.
What Happens at the DUI trial?
There are two types of trials for DUI: a jury trial, and a bench trial, which is heard by a judge. If you chose the jury trial, you will have to go through the jury selection process. During jury selection, a pool of potential jurors will be called in and asked questions by the judge and attorneys. Both the prosecution and defense have the opportunity to strike jurors from the pool.
When the trial begins, the prosecution and defense will deliver opening statements, which outlines the case. Next, each side will introduce witnesses, while the other side will have the opportunity for cross-examination. Depending on your case, your defense lawyer may call expert witnesses to the stand to challenge the prosecution's evidence against you.
After the witnesses have been heard, the defense and prosecution will provide closing remarks. In the case of a jury trial, the judge will send the jury to deliberate. Once the jury reaches a verdict, they will return to the courtroom. Ina bench trial, the judge will decide the verdict.
If you are found not guilty, the trial is over. However, if you are convicted, the judge may schedule a hearing for sentencing.
Going Through a DUI Trial
Preparing for a criminal trial is complicated, so it's important to work with an attorney who understands DUI law. At the Edge Law Firm, we handle DUI cases exclusively, and understand how to effectively prepare for trial.
Do you have questions about the trial process? If so, please complete our online case evaluation form or call (877) DUI-EDGE or (918) 582-6333 to schedule a free consultation with a member of the Edge Law Firm.