BLMLcR 3.6 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 unless the defendant is charged with domestic violence, driving while under the influence or physical control if the charge is a second or subsequent charge within a five (5) year time period (DUI and Physical Control) in which instances the defendant must appear personally before the court for arraignment. 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. [Adopted October 7, 1998; amended September 1, 2008; renumbered effective eptember 1, 2008]
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