Because defendants and their loved ones are frequently provided minimal information, many people have questions regarding arraignment hearings. Your best option is to call Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 to get a free legal consultation if you have any questions concerning this procedure. If not, continue reading to get the answers to some of the most often asked questions.
What is an arraignment hearing?
It is the first official court appearance after being accused of a crime. A judge will use it to make sure the defendant is aware of their rights, to decide on bail, and to inform them of the charges. Whether the charge is a felony or a misdemeanor, charges are rarely dropped before an arraignment.
What alternatives are available to a defendant during an arraignment hearing?
The accused may enter a guilty, not-guilty, or no contest plea. Various variables, including the evidence against them, their criminal record, and others, will determine which choice is best. A criminal defense lawyer might seek to negotiate a plea deal that yields the best result.
What kinds of evidence does a judge take into account during an arraignment hearing?
Depending on the circumstances and the available evidence against you. When you call a lawyer, we will take into account your criminal history, the arrest report, the officer's notes, witness testimony, documentary evidence, and physical evidence to decide how to best react to the allegations. A judge is likely to examine a similar volume of evidence.
What am I entitled to?
The judge wants to make sure the defendant is aware of and understands their rights, hence one of the goals of the arraignment hearing is to accomplish this. For instance, you have the right to an attorney's representation, the right to question witnesses, the right to a speedy trial, the right to remain silent, and the right not to incriminate others or yourself.
What takes place following the arraignment?
The case advances to the pre-trial stage if the defendant enters a not guilty plea and the court does not throw out the charges. This includes all activities prior to the jury trial itself. Depending on the circumstances of the case, other events may be included, but examples include court appearances, plea bargaining, filing motions, and discovery.
What should I do if I’m about to be arrested?
No matter what kind of crime you have been accused of committing, you should speak with a criminal defense lawyer before your arraignment. For a free legal consultation right away, call Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055. We are better equipped to assist you if you call us as soon as possible. Give us a call right away to get started.