Answer: Generally speaking, a DUI is either charged as a misdemeanor or felony (although most DUI’s fall into the misdemeanor category). The first court date is an arraignment, in which the officer will not be there. The only time the officer needs to be at court is if there is any particular type of motion being run in Pre-trial (for example, a motion to supress evidence), or during trial. So to answer your question, the officer will not be at your first court date, and your charges will not be dismissed (based on that alone). You should speak to and hire a DUI attorney to handle your case in Van Nuys, CA.
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