There are two different types of legal proceedings that can be used for DUI cases: bench trials and jury trials.
In a bench trial, the judge listens to the evidence and makes a ruling based on their conclusion. A jury trial involves a group of 12 private citizens who form a jury and come to a collective decision on the case.
Which is Preferable for DUI Trials?
In general, defense teams prefer bench trials for DUI cases. Judges are familiar with DUI law and understand impairment, which makes them more open to arguments from the defense.
Bringing the case before a jury brings more variables into the conversation, and can lead to a more severe punishment. Juries are comprised of people who are not as familiar with the law, which means they are susceptible to misconceptions about DUIs. Drinking and driving is not inherently illegal. It is only illegal to drive while impaired by alcohol. People often misunderstand impairment, and equate a person having any drinks in their systems at all with being unable to legally drive.
Professional Legal Help When You Need It Most
DUI cases have huge implications on the rest of a person’s life. It is important that you get professional legal help if you are arrested for a DUI. At Robinson and Associates we understand DUI law, and we know what will serve you the most in the courtroom. We can help you build a defense, and present it the way most beneficial to the outcome of your case.
Contact us online today to schedule a free appointment or phone call to discuss your case and begin planning your defense.