Unless you’re a lawyer or a criminal law student, you’ve probably heard of arraignment before. This formal reading of the criminal charges against the accused is the first step in the court process. During this time, the accused is typically expected to enter a plea. It is important to understand the process and what to expect during the arraignment. This article will provide some background information.
The court reads the charges against the defendant and the details of each charge. Usually, the defendant is provided a copy of the charges so that they can prepare their defense. Once they’ve been informed of the charges, they are then asked to enter a plea. Although they’re expected to enter a guilty plea at arraignment, a defendant without a lawyer is usually discouraged from doing so.
If the prosecutor has enough evidence to bring the defendant to trial, a preliminary hearing is held before the arraignment. At the preliminary hearing, the judge will determine whether there’s enough evidence to send the defendant to trial. The defendant can opt not to appear at the preliminary hearing. During this preliminary hearing, defendants may be required to attend a video arraignment if they’re in custody.
The arraignment process typically takes 16 to 24 hours after the arrest. You may be exhausted, scared, and uncomfortable. This process is a very stressful and confusing time, so it’s best to prepare ahead of time. The Sixth Amendment guarantees that the accused has the right to know the charges against him. At the arraignment, the prosecutor presents the criminal complaint. This may be the first time you’ve heard of this process, but it’s worth the extra effort.
A public defender may request to speak to the audience. During this time, he’ll introduce himself and ask about the defendant. He may ask questions about the witnesses and the defendant’s relationship to them. You may also want to give the public defender your business card. You’ll want to remember that there’s a public defender in the courtroom, so be sure to read the information carefully.
During the arraignment, the defendant is required to pay a certain amount of bail. In many jurisdictions, the amount is small enough to be able to pay off the entire amount. The judge will then read the complaint, assign a judge, and set bail. The defendant is then released from custody. The court clerk will accept a …