No person shall ever, ever, ever go to a Preliminary Hearing on a DUI or any criminal matter without an attorney. A criminal case has many levels, the Preliminary Arraignment, Preliminary Hearing, Arraignment, and Pre-Trial Conference/Trial. The Preliminary Hearing is one of the most critical stages of any criminal prosecution, and no person should go to the Preliminary Hearing without proper representation. Never hire a lawyer who is not familiar and experienced with your type of case, and don't be afraid to ask the lawyer how many DUI cases they handle in a year. Once a Preliminary Hearing is waived, many potential positive outcomes are lost forever.