Further Proceedings, Status Dates, and Hearing Dates before the Judge
Court Appearances for Criminal Charges in Wisconsin
What are those court appearances? You may see them online and you may hear people talk about them, but what actually happens?
Not every court appearance in the criminal justice system in Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, and other counties has something major or important happening on every single date. Instead, many of your Milwaukee County drunk driving court appearances, and others, will use a lot of dates called further proceedings, hearing date, status dates, and so on. These dates are used by the court and the attorneys involved to monitor the progress of what is going on with your case. Will the case be going to a motion? Is the case going to be set for trial? Will it end by some kind of resolution or plea? The court will be looking for answers to questions like these when you and criminal defense attorney show up for one of these court dates.
So if nothing major happens, does that mean that nothing important happens at all?
No, important things can still happen.
Every time your case goes in front of a judge and prosecutor, you and your lawyer have a chance to make a favorable impression, possibly even a chance to negotiate your case, even if only in a small way. If you have been in any kind of treatment, or involved with any kind of activities while the case has been ongoing, this is a chance for your defense attorney to bring this up in front of the judge to help them learn more about you before they make any decisions about what may happen with you and your case that could seriously impact your future.
Time works against you from the moment you are arrested. There are always things that can be done to improve your position in the criminal justice system, but there is only so much time to do it in. It is very important you contact a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney to learn more about how you can be using these court appearances and the time between them to your advantage.