Criminal Law

Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

I was charged with assault. I have never been arrested and…

I was charged with...

I was charged with assault. I have never been arrested and my first court appearance tomorrow. The paperwork calls it an arraignment. Do I need legal counsel present?

Lawyer's Assistant: Do you have any upcoming court dates on the assault charges?

Tomorrow is the first one, I have not received anything in the mail.

Lawyer's Assistant: In what state did the assault occur?

Missouri

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No, that's pretty much it. I was told that I didn't need a lawyer for the arraignment but now starting to wonder. Thanks!

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
3/25/2018
Zoey_ JD
Zoey_ JD, JustAnswer Criminal Law Mentor
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 31,904
Experience: Admitted to NYS Criminal defense bar in 1989. Extensive arraignment, hearing, trial experience.
Verified

Hi,

I'm Zoey.

I've reviewed your post. Please be patient as I may need to research for you, and it also takes time to compose and type a reply.

Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
The only court date is 3/26/18

If you can afford a lawyer, the sooner you have one the better. It will help you understand what's going on and to make intelligent and informed decisions about your case. Your Constitutional right to an attorney attaches at your arraignment. So if you can't come up with a lawyer for tomorrow and you feel like you may be disadvantaged, just plead not guilty when you are asked how you plead to the charges. In that way you will keep all of your rights and choices open to you. Right after you do that you can tell the judge that you need a continuance to come back with a lawyer and he will give you a new date.

If you are unable to afford a lawyer, after you plead not guilty you can tell the judge that you cannot afford to retain private counsel and ask him to appoint you a free lawyer. He will give you a new date and your lawyer wil turn up oin court at that time.

Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Zoe, thank you for confirming that for me. It just happened on 3/23 so not enough time to get with my attorney's office. I will plead not guilty to make sure my rights are not compromised. I will also ask for a continuance as suggested. I appreciate your help very much!

You're very welcome!

One thing some people do is to get to court very early and watch the lawyers representing other clients of theirs. If you see someone whose work you like, you can approach him or her and ask if you can retain him/her for your case. That would give you a lawyer for tomorrow. Otherwise, you know what to do if you're on your own.

I strive for 5-star service. If I have addressed all of your concerns, please take the time to rate my service to you by selecting 5 stars on the rating scale, as a rating of okay or better is the only way that JustAnswer will give us Experts credit for our work. You would still be able to post further follow-ups on this question thread about this for no additional cost, even after I've been rated.

Zoey_ JD
Zoey_ JD, JustAnswer Criminal Law Mentor
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 31,904
Experience: Admitted to NYS Criminal defense bar in 1989. Extensive arraignment, hearing, trial experience.
Verified
Zoey_ JD and 87 other Criminal Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a criminal lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Zoey_ JD Your Own Question
Zoey_ JD
Zoey_ JD
Zoey_ JD, JustAnswer Criminal Law Mentor
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 31,904
31,904 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Admitted to NYS Criminal defense bar in 1989. Extensive arraignment, hearing, trial experience.

Zoey_ JD is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Your Expert advise has provided insight on a difficult situation. Thank you so much for the prompt response. I will definitely recommend your website to my friends.

NormaPensacola, FL

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

3,248 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

2,181 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including criminal law.

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

2,016 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Lawyer

1,815 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience

Nate

Nate

Lawyer

1,750 satisfied customers

Over 10 years of criminal defense practice.

Marsha411JD

Marsha411JD

Lawyer

1,640 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney with 29 yrs. exp. in criminal law

Barrister

Barrister

Criminal Defense Law

1,266 satisfied customers

17 years practicing criminal defense.

< Previous | Next >

Related Criminal Law Questions
This past friday i was arrested for aggrevated assault with
this past friday i was arrested for aggrevated assault with a deadly weapon when i tried to commit suicide and my girlfriend called the cops and told them i choked her and tried to cut her but there i… read more
James Daloisio
James Daloisio
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
578 satisfied customers
My son is scheduled to have a pre-trial hearing tomorrow
My son is scheduled to have a pre-trial hearing tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM what should he expect? Does he need a lawyer present? They say if he does not show they will put a warrant out for his arres… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Criminal Defense Law
Doctoral Degree
1,266 satisfied customers
My children and I were living at my mother's house. My
My children and I were living at my mother's house. My brother called code enforcement and the house was condemned and my children placed in foster care. This was in April 2016. During a custody revie… read more
Legalwriter
Legalwriter
Attorney
Juris Doctor
201 satisfied customers
If someone is arrested by warrant for a crime wouldn't there
If someone is arrested by warrant for a crime wouldn't there have to be an application for arrest warrant filed in the case? Not just the return of the warrant filed after the arrest? Or can the appli… read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
My friend is being charged with murder and his arraignment
My friend is being charged with murder and his arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow morning. I don't know much about what's going on, but what I was told doesn't make sense. I want to find out more i… read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Lawyer
Juris Doctorate
2,016 satisfied customers
I need help! My boyfriend and his father have never
Hello! I need help! My boyfriend and his father have never seen eye to eye and, after a shouting match, his father filed an order of protection against him. The judge ruled in favor of the father and … read more
Zoey_ JD
Zoey_ JD
JustAnswer Criminal Law Mentor
Doctoral Degree
31,904 satisfied customers
My long term boyfriend in va got arrested on a contempt of
My long term boyfriend in va got arrested on a contempt of court, failure to appear 18.2-456 in a town we haven't even lived in for 3 years. We are completely shocked about what this could possibly be… read more
S. Huband, Esq.
S. Huband, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
1,621 satisfied customers
Hi name is Duane My question is do you have to appear in court
Hi name is Duane My question is do you have to appear in court in SB Calif on a felony charge that I was framed on if I have a lawyer to represent me? I haved hired one I had a previous misdemeanor it… read more
Marsha411JD
Marsha411JD
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
1,640 satisfied customers
We have almost the exact same situation as this one however,
We have almost the exact same situation as this one however, I invaded my husbands space and he slightly pushed me away and twisted my arm away when I was reaching for the baby who was in his hands. T… read more
Zoey_ JD
Zoey_ JD
JustAnswer Criminal Law Mentor
Doctoral Degree
31,904 satisfied customers
I have a assault 3rd degree charge in Benton county. How do
I have a assault 3rd degree charge in Benton county. How do I enter a guilty plea or no contest plea by mail? I live 12 hours away and can't make the trip.… read more
Alex Esquire
Alex Esquire
Managing Attorney
Doctoral Degree
153 satisfied customers
Friend was charged with retail theft $30 amount at publix
Friend was charged with retail theft $30 amount at publix and given a court date for arraignment 2 wks later. She was not arrested. She is on disability and a lot of medication which had just been cha… read more
JB-Umphrey
JB-Umphrey
Attorney & Counselor
Juris Doctor
606 satisfied customers
Criminal Question. The case goes as follows: On July 25th
Criminal Question. The case goes as follows: On July 25th John Doe was arrested by the state. The state dropped the charges and the feds picked it up on August 5th. The person has been on house arrest… read more
TexLawyer
TexLawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
24 satisfied customers
son was charged with second degree assault in missouri
my son was charged with second degree assault in missouri over a fight at an outing with several guys. His role was minimal and he actually broke up the fight between his friends and the other guy. He… read more
Zoey_ JD
Zoey_ JD
JustAnswer Criminal Law Mentor
Doctoral Degree
31,904 satisfied customers
I WAS SCHEDULED TO GO TO COURT YESTERDAY SO I WAS LOOKING AT
I WAS SCHEDULED TO GO TO COURT YESTERDAY SO I WAS LOOKING AT THE COURT CALENDAR AND THEN I NOTICED I WAS SCHEDULED TO BE AT A DIFFERENT DEPT A HALF HOUR BEFORE MY OTHER CASE. IT SAID I WAS GOING FOR A… read more
Brandon M.
Brandon M.
Attorney at Law
Juris Doctorate
12,463 satisfied customers
My daughter was arrested this evening on 2 counts . 1st criminal
My daughter was arrested this evening on 2 counts . 1st criminal trespass to resident, 2nd domestic violence. I am seeking an attorney for her. Her court appearance is tomorrow 5/11/2010 @ 1:30 p.m. i… read more
Zoey_ JD
Zoey_ JD
JustAnswer Criminal Law Mentor
Doctoral Degree
31,904 satisfied customers
My husband was sent to jail tonight for an assault. Why was
My husband was sent to jail tonight for an assault. Why was he denied bill, when he has no prior record? What is the hearing for tomorrow? Should i attend the hearing? How can I help my husband now? S… read more
JB-Umphrey
JB-Umphrey
Attorney & Counselor
Juris Doctor
606 satisfied customers
What happens for a charge of 3 failure to appear when it involved
What happens for a charge of 3 failure to appear when it involved a domestic violence case and I was the plaintiff. I have the charge of failure to appear.… read more
Zoey_ JD
Zoey_ JD
JustAnswer Criminal Law Mentor
Doctoral Degree
31,904 satisfied customers
I was arrested last night in massachusetts because I was involved
I was arrested last night in massachusetts because I was involved in a fight and I ran afterwards. The charges brought against me are resisting arrest and Assault and Battery. I never actually resiste… read more
Nate
Nate
Lawyer
Juris Doctor
1,750 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x