An arraignment is the first hearing after a criminal filing is made against someone. In other words, after the prosecution files paperwork with the Court saying they are liable for committing a crime, the arraignment is the first time that person is due in Court.
What Should I Expect at my Arraignment?
At the arraignment, the accused is informed of the charges being brought against him or her and asked by the Court how the plead in response to those charges. The options are:
- Guilty; or
- Not Guilty
Rarely, if ever, will a person plead Guilty at an arraignment, nor should they. The issue of "bail" is also typically addressed at the arraignment. It is very important that the person being accused of committing a crime appear at the arraignment date, or at least have an attorney appear on their behalf. If they don't, a warrant will issue for their arrest.
Contact a Pomona Criminal Defense Attorney to Handle Your Arraignment
If you have an upcoming arraignment, our Pomona criminal defense lawyers know what needs to be done and how to get you through it. Contact our Lucero, PC at 213-668-7779 to get the process started and get your protection plan in place. It is our honor and privilege to be your voice in Court.