What is a Criminal Arraignment? Will I Be Released on Bail? Should I Take a Plea at an Arraignment?
Questions: What is a Criminal Arraignment? Will I Be Released on Bail? Should I Take a Plea at an Arraignment?
Let me answer that this way. When a person is arrested, the first thing that will happen to them is that they’ll be brought for a first appearance. It is at that time that the judge will make a determination on probable cause and what bail and in what amount to set for you. After that, you will proceed to an arraignment. Usually that’s anywhere from two to four weeks down the road and at an arraignment, you’re expected to plea guilty or not guilty. Lastly, answer the last part of your question, we never advise someone or recommend to them that they plea guilty or anything else like a no contest plea at an arraignment because you haven’t been given the opportunity to view and examine the evidence against you. That’s called discovery. We never counsel someone to take a plea at an arraignment before they’ve had an opportunity to review the evidence against them.