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What happens in court when my brother goes for an arraignment?

I got a call that my brother was at the jail and didn't say what he was charged with. I was told his arraignment is next week. What does that mean? Does he have to stay in jail until then? I don't think he has a lawyer. Can I get him one or does he need to do it and how do we find a good one?


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    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    An arraignment is a proceeding before the judge where the charges are read to the defendant and a plea is entered. It is not a trial, but depending on the plea entered, a trial can be scheduled for a later date. The accused will remain in jail until his bond is raised or the case itself is disposed of, if he is not convicted and sentenced to jail or prison. You certainly can hire counsel for him, in fact I would advise it. You can find a lawyer by talking to friends, or looking up lawyers with your local bar association.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/12/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    An arraignment is where he will be formally informed of the charges against him and will be asked to enter a plea of either guilty, not guilty or no contest to the charges. If the offense that he is charged with is bailable, you can bail him out prior to the arraignment. You can call the police station where he is being held and ask if he is eligible for bail and how much the bail is. I suggest that he, or you on his behalf, hire an attorney to represent him. If he cannot afford one, then he can ask the judge to appoint a public defender to represent him at his first court appearance. I hope this helps.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/12/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    It means that they will read the charges to him and ask him how he pleads, They will set bond and appoint a lawyer if he can't afford one.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 3/12/2013
    Jason Savela | Connell-Savela
    250 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 301
    Boulder, CO 80302
    (303) 865-4545
    Do not talk about the facts of the case on the phone - all calls are recorded and those statements will come in against brother at trial the jail should be able to tell you what he was arrested for and tell you the bond amount first appearance is usually when they file the charges and explain the defendant's rights most cases allow bond prior to first appearance.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado - Replied: 3/12/2013
    Eric Sterkenburg | Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    16478 Beach Boulevard, No. 329
    Westminster, CA 92683
    (562) 477-6940
    The arrangement is the first court date on a case. It is no more than three court days from the time the suspect is arrested if he is in custody. At the arrangement, the judge reads the suspect his rights and tells him the charges filed against him. The judge then asks the suspect to plead guilty or not guilty. The suspect is told what his punishment is if he pleads guilty at that time. Any time a person is charged or even suspected of a crime, he needs an attorney. To find an attorney, look for one that can get along with you and your brother. Find one that has the time to devote to the case and answer your questions. He needs to have done the same type of case before and should be well versed in the law. He needs to be an attorney that only does criminal law cases.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/12/2013
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