Attorneys representing persons charged in the Johnson County Traffic Court with
the offense of operating a vehicle while under the influence (and all other companion
charges) may call in a not guilty plea to the traffic clerk's office not less
than 24 hours before the accused person's scheduled arraignment time. The clerk
will then reschedule the case for a Wednesday 1:00 p.m. plea docket only, approximately
30 days in the future, which time shall be charged to the Defendant. All defendants
must appear in person and/or by counsel at this rescheduled Wednesday plea docket
setting. No DUI case in which a plea is entered by telephone will be scheduled directly
on a trial docket.
Attorneys who are Court appointed to represent persons charged with DUI may enter
not guilty pleas by telephone as permitted above if done not less than 24 hours
before the accused person's next scheduled court appearance.
The traffic court clerk will prepare a bench note reflecting the attorney's
name and the date of the telephone call from the attorney entering a not guilty
plea as permitted above. This date will constitute the date of the defendant's
arraignment on the DUI and any companion charges. It shall be the responsibility
of the attorney to obtain a copy of the complaint, if desired and if available,
from the clerk or from the District Attorney's office. The clerk will not mail
or deliver a copy of the complaint to any attorney, except for court-appointed counsel.
Not guilty pleas on DUI cases will not be accepted by the clerk from an attorney
within the 24 hour period immediately preceding the accused person's scheduled
arraignment time and a personal appearance by the attorney and/or the defendant
at the arraignment is required.
All pro se DUI defendants must personally appear at their scheduled arraignment