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Do I need an attorney at my arraignment?

I just don't know how it works. Do I need to find an attorney for my arraignment or can I wait until after it? What happens at the arraignment?

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    Vincent C. Machroli | Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C.
    High Point Plaza
    Hillside, IL 60162-1949
    (708) 449-7400
    You should definitely have a skilled criminal defense attorney with you at the arraignment, to be sure your legal rights are protected. Such an attorney would need to discuss this matter with you in greater detail & ask you many questions before he/she could give you the proper legal advice you seek (& possibly a quote to represent you). Schedule a consultation ASAP.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 4/14/2013
    John Hugger | Attorney & Counselor at Law
    3002 Evergreen Parkway
    Evergreen, CO 80437-0877
    (303) 670-1043
    Get an attorney immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado - Replied: 4/12/2013
    Dan Fenaughty | Fenaughty & Associates, PC
    2 N Cascade Ave.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    (719) 277-6626
    By the time of the actual arraignment, you should have counsel in place. You may be confusing it with an "advisement", which in CO occurs very early in the process. Counsel is often not hired by the time of advisement. At that appearance, the Court will advise you of the charges against you, the maximum punishment you face, and your rights under the state and U.S. constitutions.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado - Replied: 4/11/2013
    Patrick Mahaney | Law Office of Patrick Mahaney
    8244 Old Federal Road
    Montgomery, AL 36117
    (334) 277-3974
    The sooner an attorney is retained to assist you, the better the outcome of your case. Arraignment is generally a "formality" in that the circuit judge reads the indictment to the defendant. The only response required is did the defendant understand the charge(s)? No other issues are discussed. However, at arraignment, if you have an attorney, conditions of bond or release may be offered to the Court and the Court may, in its discretion, issue a collateral order concerning bond and/or release from custody.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama - Replied: 4/11/2013
    Anderson Walsh PLLC
    COEUR D ALENE, ID 83814
    (208) 665-5658
    You should have an attorney by your side at all stages of your case. I am presuming, from your email, that you have already been through your "first appearance" where the judge set your bond. It may also be the case that you were summonsed into court versus being arrested, or you posted bond before your first appearance. At the arraignment the judge may address the issue of bond, or the conditions of your release from custody. You will need an attorney who knows the bond factors set by statute. An arraignment, in Idaho, is generally where the judge apprises you of the charge, the maximum penalty, and your right to have counsel appointed if you cannot afford counsel, as well as deciding if you should remain out of custody. By your e-mail it is difficult to discern what the judge may want to address at the hearing. I would encourage you to either retain an experienced criminal defense attorney or immediately go to the courthouse to apply for the public defender. Your attorney will have a more difficult time assisting you the further along your case proceeds. I always tell people that they should always have a good attorney standing next to them in court. That is your right, and I would encourage you to use it.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho - Replied: 4/11/2013
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