What is an Arraignment?

An Arraign­ment hear­ing is gen­er­ally the first crim­i­nal court hear­ing.  At the arraign­ment, the Peo­ple are rep­re­sented by the Dis­trict Attorney’s Office.  They are respon­si­ble for fil­ing a com­plaint or some­times referred to as the infor­ma­tion list­ing the charges against the defen­dant.  They will list the charges or counts on the com­plaint and the defen­dant will be pro­vided a copy of the com­plaint.  The defen­dant can retain coun­sel for the arraign­ment or if the defen­dant can­not afford a lawyer, the defen­dant can request that the court appoint a lawyer for him/her.  The defen­dant can also enter a plea at the arraign­ment.  The three pleas that the defen­dant can enter are guilty, not guilty, and no con­test.  The court will also address the issue of bail at the arraign­ment.  The court will also set a fur­ther court date.


As always this blog does not con­sti­tute legal advice nor should any­one rely on any infor­ma­tion con­tained in this blog.  You should always con­sult with a lawyer regard­ing your sit­u­a­tion.  Addi­tion­ally, this infor­ma­tion does not cre­ate an attorney-client rela­tion­ship with the Law Offices of DeDecker & Meltzer LLP.

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