Q: My husband got a misdemeanor ticket and he needs to go to court , can a lawyer go represent instead of my husband ?
A: For most misdemeanors, but not all, a privately-retained attorney can appear for an accused at arraignment. Types of charges that do not allow appearance by attorney include domestic violence, protective order violations, and DUIs.
The answer is YES and NO.
An attorney can appear for you in most misdemeanors (pursuant to PC 977). However, most courts do require personal live presence at certain types of hearings. For example: You will be required in most jurisdictions to be present for arraignments on Domestic Violence cases, DUI's, trials, and contested hearings, in addition to any hearing that the judge has ordered you to be at. You should keep in constant contact with your attorney for guidance.
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