An arraignment is a court appearance in which the judge reads the charges against the defendant, and asks how the defendant would like to plead. Most defendants say, "Not guilty."
Arraignment: Getting to Court
People who have been arrested—particularly those who haven’t bailed out of jail or been released on their own recognizance—want to know when they’ll get in front of a judge.
Negotiating Before Arraignment and Pleading Guilty at the Arraignment
Defendants who believe the case against them is very weak often ask whether it's possible to negotiate a dismissal before the arraignment.
Representing Yourself at Arraignment
Many defendants are capable of representing themselves at an arraignment.
Arraignment in Georgia
In Georgia, the defendant’s first appearance before a judge is called an “initial appearance.” “Arraignment” refers to the hearing at which the prosecution announces the charges it has filed; at th
Arraignment in Florida
In Florida, if the authorities arrest and hold a suspect in custody, they must bring him or her to court within 24 hours of the arrest.
How Should I Plead at Arraignment?
At some point in the early stages of criminal proceedings, whether at the first court appearance or a later arraignment, judges ask defendants how they choose to plead.
What happens when my case is called?
What happens if a defendant refuses to enter a plea?
Almost inevitably, at some point in criminal proceedings, a defendant will have to enter a plea.
Can I be charged again, even when the case was dismissed at arraignment?