What Is An Arraignment?
An arraignment is the process by which the defendant is read specific charges against him. It is the first step in the criminal process after arrest. It is a brief hearing. All arraignments are conducted after the suspect is arrested and booked by law enforcement. An arraignment takes place only after the prosecuting attorney decides to file charges and in most cases client appearance is not required if you have retained us as your attorney.
What Will Happen At The Arraignment And What Must The Defendant Do?
At the arraignment the defendant will appear before a judge. The defendant is always advised to bring private legal counsel. An arraignment is the time where the judge will ask if the person appearing is the person identified in the charges. In addition, the judge will ask whether the defendant will plead not guilty or guilty/no contest. It is highly unusual that a defendant would enter a guilty plea at the arraignment. Our law firm almost always advises a client to never plea/take a deal at arraignment.