The first stage of your California DUI hearing process is your DUI arraignment. This is where the county prosecutor issues your first offer. The offer is the court sentence the prosecutor recommends in the event that you plead guilty to the proposed DUI charges.
The first opportunity to plead guilty, not guilty, or “no contest” to your DUI charges is at the arraignment. If you plead guilty, you will be sentenced, and (with the exception of fulfilling your probation terms), your DUI case will be closed.
If you plead not guilty, you or your DUI attorney will be entitled to review and dispute the evidence provided by the prosecution. This may include copies of the police report and chemical testing instrument(s) maintenance records of the instruments that were used to measure your blood alcohol.
Sometimes negotiations take place during this DUI arraignment but more likely they will be more involved during the pre-trial phase of the DUI hearing process.