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Arraignment Process

When a crime has been committed or a law has been broken, it sets into motion a sequence of events in the court system. The legal jargon and process maybe confusing and hard to understand at times, and may bring questions to the forefront of people’s minds. Questions such as what is an arraignment, what does arraignment mean are very common.

What does arraignment mean?

An arraignment is an official announcement of a criminal complaint in which the defendant must be present, to notify the defendant of the charges against them. The defendant is expected to answer to the arraignment by entering a plea. The most common pleas are not guilty, guilty, no contest, or peremptory pleas which give explanations why the trial cannot go on. Continue to read below where thousands of Experts have answered the commonly asked questions pertaining to arraignment.

What is the arraignment process?

The arraignment process begins with the judge reading the charges while the defendant is present. Then the defendant will be expected to answer with a plea. If they are to plead guilty a sentence will be imposed. If they are to plead not guilty then a court date will be scheduled for a later time.

Can a person get his/her arraignment date changed, if so what is the process?

In most cases, many times it is possible for a person to be able to get the arraignment date changed. To get the arraignment date changed a person must contact the court and ask the clerk for an adjournment. There are some cases where it is not possible for a clerk to be able to change the date, in which one must contact the judge. The reasoning for asking must be a legitimate one.

What happens if a person does not go to their arraignment?

When a person misses their arraignment, many times a warrant will be issued for failure to appear in court. A warrant means that the person is a fugitive from justice, and warrants never expire or go away until the person is arraigned be it voluntarily or involuntarily.

Can an arraignment be done when the person being arraigned is in jail and unable to be at the arraignment? Does a judge have to be present for an arraignment?

In most situations an arraignment can held if the court does the arraignment with a live video feed from the courtroom to the jail. A judge or magistrate must be present for an arraignment.

The legal system much like a big city to a tourist, without a map or a guide one can get lost and end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. For many people it is easy to get lost in the legal jargon and be left trying to figure out what the new words mean to them. Words like arraignment, until a person has had to go through one, they may not understand the meaning of arraignment or the arraignment process. When these questions arise there are Experts out there that can assist in these questions.

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