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What Happens During a Criminal Court Arraignment?

Last updated 5 years ago

Have you been charged with a crime? After you have been arrested and booked, you will be assigned a court date known as an arraignment. At this point, you are informed of the criminal complaint against you, asked to enter a plea, and are usually assigned a bail amount so you can leave jail while awaiting your trial. Keep reading to learn what will happen during your arraignment proceedings.

Criminal Charge

The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that all defendants have a right to know the nature and cause of the accusation brought against them. During an arraignment, a defendant is informed of the criminal offense charged in the complaint or indictment. At this time, your defense attorney and the prosecutor may agree to a settle your case without going to trial. You may also opt to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence or choose to plead not guilty and go to trial.

Legal Representation

Each criminal defendant has the right to be represented by an attorney at his or her arraignment. If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer or have not yet had time to find counsel before your arraignment date, the court will appoint an attorney for you.

Bail Amount

If you are in jail, the prosecutor may ask the judge to keep you in jail or argue for a certain bail amount. Even if you are charged with a serious crime, all New Jersey residents must legally be offered bail. Your defense attorney will reply to the prosecutor’s arguments, and the judge will ultimately decide your bail amount. At this point, you may either pay your bail in full or call a bail bondsman for assistance.

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