The 1st DUI Court appearance is called "Arraignment". Some officers will give you this date when arrested (Seattle Police) others you will receive date in the mail within 30 days or so. (Washington State Patrol) Just depends on the arresting agency and area of the State. It is a good idea to have hired an attorney by your 1st Court appearance, if possible.
At your DUI Arraignment Court Hearing the Judge or prosecutor will go over basic information about you (full name/date of birth - want to make sure got right person) and your legal constitutional rights at DUI Arraignment (some Courts will have a form that you will sign and submit to the Court - right to speedy trial, jury trial, presumption of innocence etc..)
Your attorney will then (1) acknowledge receipt of the DUI complaint from the prosecutor, (2) waive any formal reading of the DUI complaint/charge in open Court and (3) enter a not guilty plea to the Court on your behalf. The Judge will then determine if there was probable cause (PC) for the stop/arrest (by reviewing police report) which can always be challenged in a later Motions Hearing. (judge must find PC at arraignment to set below conditions of release)
The Judge will then proceed to set conditions of your release pending the outcome of your case and this may include fairly Standard DUI Conditions such as:
- Not operating a motor vehicle without a valid license or insurance;
- No refusal of a breath/blood/drug test upon reasonable request of law enforcement officer;
- No new criminal law violations or alcohol-related infractions;
- No consumption of alcohol, THC, controlled substances or non-prescribed medications;
- No driving with a BAC over .08 within two hours after driving;
- Appear for all scheduled court dates;
- Report any change of address to the court.