What to Expect At Your Arraignment
Usually the first step in the courtroom process is the arraignment, a procedure that exists primarily to state a crime shortly after an arrest has been made. This happens sooner if an individual is being held in jail, usually within two to three days. But if the accused has been released on bail, it can take a few weeks to get on the schedule.
At your arraignment, in addition to the reading of the crime, you will learn dates of future courtroom appearances scheduled by the judge. You will have the opportunity to arrange counsel if you have not already done so. Also, your bail status will be reviewed whether you’ve already had a bail hearing or not.
You will receive a written copy of the accusation from the prosecutor and be given the choice to plead guilty or not guilty.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, the experienced legal counsel of Huppertz & Powers, S.C. can expertly guide you through the arraignment and every step of the process.