What Happens at Arraignment?
I cannot count the amount of times my clients ask me what happens at arraignment. I try my best to settle their nerves and explain that it is not as scary as they work it up to be. In a nutshell arraignment is a formal reading of a criminal complaint in the presence of the accused to inform him/her of the charges against him or her. In response to arraignment, the accused is expected to enter a plea, which is either “guilty” or “not guilty.” It is very rare that an accused will enter a plea of guilty.
Depending on the court you are in, your attorney will have paperwork to fill out at the arraignment. I know many of you are intimidated by the courtroom, so I suggest as I do all the time, that you get an attorney, such as myself to represent you. There are many aspects of the criminal process that are unfamiliar to many people. A person who is not educated on the law or the process can get lost in the process.