An arraignment is an action of arraigning a person in court. A criminal proceeding that a person is officially called before a court. The person is then informed of certain offenses charged against them and is asked to enter a plea. The plea will either be guilty o not guilty.
What happens at an arraignment?
The time when someone gets arraigned is called the hearing. It is when the court will formally charge for the crime committed.
Can a case be dismissed during this hearing?
Typically an arrangement happens within the first 72 hours after the arrest takes place. If you have a lawyer present and if enough information is presented to a judge the judge can rule that there is not adequate evidence for charges against the person. if this is the case, charges could be dropped.
What happens if someone pleads guilty during an arraignment?
When pleading guilty to minor crimes a judge may sentence that person right then and there. For more serious crimes the judge more often than not will set up a sentencing hearing.« Back to Glossary Index