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How does the arraignment process work?

I received a phone call that my husband was arrested at work by two police officers. Made some phone calls and they mentioned that he will be arraigned. What does that mean exactly?


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    Leonard J. Levenson | Leonard J. Levenson Attorney At Law
    225 Broadway, Rm 1804
    New York, NY 10007
    (212) 732-0522
    He will be taken to a police pct, fingerprinted and photographed. He will then be sent to central booking in lower Manhattan where he will wait for his criminal record to return from Albany. He will then be brought before a judge and asked how he pleads. Bail will then be set and he will either make bail, not make bail or be released. His time before the judge is called the arraignment. The entire process can take anywhere from 12-24 hours in NY state courts. Federal court is much faster but the same process.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 5/15/2013
    Steve Freeborn | Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    33400 9th Avenue S. Suite 208
    Federal Way, WA 98003
    (253) 838-4477
    The arraignment is the first court appearance where the charges are formally presented against the defendant (your husband) and to which he enters a plea of guilty or not guilty. If guilty, then the judge will set the matter over for sentencing, or possibly sentence him right then and there. If he plead not guilty, then the issue of bail is discussed and a future court date is set. If he does not have an attorney, I suggest he get one. If he cannot afford a private attorney, there will be public defenders present at the arraignment to help him. Since you do not mention what the charges are, there is not much more I can advise.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 5/1/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    That means that the charges will be read to him and in some States the person will plead guilty or not guilty. Also bond is set at this time.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 5/1/2013
    A. Bowden Houser | The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
    1007 Hargett Street
    Jacksonville, NC 28540
    (910) 333-9679
    At an arraignment, all that will happen is he will be informed of the charges against him, he will be asked if he will hire an attorney or needs to have the court appoint one and he will most likely be informed of his next court date, that's it. Takes about 5 minutes.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina - Replied: 4/30/2013
    Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    343 East Main Street, Suite 314
    Stockton, CA 95202
    (209) 463-9715
    In California, it means that he will be taken from the jail to the court. At court, he will be informed of the cherges against him, his rights and the possible consequences [penalties]. He will be asked what his plea is. Once he enters a plea [ not guilty, not guilty insane, not guilty once in jeopardy, no contest or guilty], arraignment is complete. he should say not guilty and ask for an attorney unless he can afford one.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 4/30/2013
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