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A friend is planning to try a 'walk in' arraignment in a 15th

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A friend is planning to try a 'walk in' arraignment in a 15th district court. This person can't afford an attorney and has a bench warrant on failure to appear. Do people have success doing this alone?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.
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What do you mean by "walk in" arraignment? What is the background story and what is he attempting to do, exactly?
This is not an answer, but an Information Request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Walk-in arraignments allows a person with a criminal charge to avoid the arrest phase. I've obviously made a mistake contacting you. You have enough information to answer my question but have chosen not to.. I will not give you any more money. I am very very sorry I contacted you. Good bye.
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your reply.
A "Walk-in arraignments" can mean different things in different jurisdictions. Also, people often use legal terminology improperly, so I could not be sure what you meant until you clarified. So this is why I had asked.
Finally, without knowing some of the background (such as what the person is charged with and the circumstances of the missed court date as well as their prior criminal record), there is no way I can venture a good answer. This is why I asked for more information.
However, if you wish to cancel the question, no problem. You can ask for a refund by contacting customer service at - good luck!