Arraignments, Understanding Their Role In Criminal Cases

June 12, 2021

An arraignment occurs when the government declares the offenses or crimes you are accused of. An arraignment is a rather straightforward process. The judge first reads out your criminal charges and then asks whether you plead guilty or not guilty. Either way, the defense attorney will typically enter a not guilty plea for you. Arraignments for misdemeanor charges take place on the first court appearance. On the other hand, arraignments for actual felonies (in New Jersey) occur after the indictment. […]

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