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What Exactly is an Arraignment?

Updated: Jul 29, 2019

You have been accused of a crime.....what's next?

Once you have been arrested, you will be taken to the district court for arraignment. For misdemeanor matters, you should promptly receive a Notice to Appear for Arraignment in the mail from the court.

At arraignment, the defendant will face the charges of a crime, or of multiple crimes, for the first time. The judge and your attorney will inform you of all of your rights, such as your right to a trial by a jury of your peers. This is when the defendant first ha the opportunity to enter into a plea agreement.

At the end of arraignment, the bond amount and type of bond is set. Judges take into account many factors when determining bond. Some of these factors include if the defendant has a prior criminal history, substance abuse history, mental condition, the nature and seriousness of the crime that they are being charged with, the defendant’s employment status and current financial situation and the defendant’s ties to the community, including family members and relationships.

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