Criminal Procedures

The Criminal Process

What else takes place at the arraignment?

At the initial appearance or arraignment, the judge will inform the defendant of the charges and then ask the defendant if he or she has a plea. The defendant often will then enter a plea of guilty or not guilty or nolo contendere. If the defendant enters a plea of not guilty, then the court will set a date for the next court appearance, which could be a preliminary hearing in the case of felony charges.


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