Facing DUI charges in Franklin, Tennessee can be frightening. Here is what happens at your first court date. Once you have been released from jail, you are given a court date. The court date is set on a Thursday afternoon at one o'clock. It is set a couple weeks away. The purpose of the court date is simply a first appearance. No assistant district attorney or police officer will be there. The judge inquires if you have an attorney or need an appointed attorney. The court will then give you a new court date. If you hire an attorney before that date , your attorney will file a waiver of appearance with the clerk's office . The clerk will send the new court date to your attorney.