LCrRLJ 16 MANDATORY APPEARANCE AND PLEADINGS BY ATTORNEYS Pursuant to CrRLJ 3 & 4, an attorney may enter an appearance and/or plea of not guilty on behalf of a client in any criminal or traffic offense, if said appearance or plea is made in writing or made in open court UNLESS the defendant is charged with domestic violence, driving while under the influence or physical control. A person charged with domestic violence, driving while under the influence or physical control shall be required to appear in person before a judicial officer on the earliest practicable day following arrest. The earliest practicable day is defined as: For persons arrested The next judicial day not posting bail For persons arrested According to schedule posting bail determined by the court For persons not arrested Summoned within 15 days from filing of charge Unless previously commenced by an appearance made in open Court, when a written appearance is authorized it shall commence the running of the time periods established in CrRLJ 3.3 from the date of receipt by the Court. A written appearance, waiving an arraignment, but without plea, shall be considered a plea of not guilty, made in writing, or in open Court, and obviates the need for further arraignment and waives any defects in the complaint other than failure to state a crime. Telephonic requests or notice by defendant or defense counsel shall not constitute an arraignment, appearance or plea, and shall not commence the time periods under CrRLJ 3.3.
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