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I generally do not have clients attend. Most hearings are primarily a chance for the defense to learn more about the state's case. If there is a chance to win, it's usually a legal argument.
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You have to rely on the advice of your attorney. I always have my clients at their hearings.
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Many attorneys do not want their client there because it makes it difficult to have a frank and honest conversation with the arresting officer while their client is looking over their shoulder. Also, your attorney would never let you testify at the hearing. Therefore, there is no advantage having you at the hearing. You should make yourself available for your attorney to call you.
Ot course, its your case. If you want to attend, tell your attorney you want to attend. That should be the end of the discussion. It's your case and you have every right to attend the hearing. In my practice, I tell clients their appearance is not needed, but I have never tried to prevent an client from attending any hearing in their case.
I would also say that if you are concerned at this early stage in the proceeding you need to learn to trust your attorney's advice. Otherwise, you have the wrong attorney.
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