What is an arraignment?
An arraignment is often a first appearance for a criminal case, if the person accused was not arrested and detained immediately after the incident or arrest. At the arraignment hearing, the court will formally read the charges and provide a written copy of the charges to the accused. The court may also determine whether there is probable cause for the charges, and set conditions for release and bail, if those were not decided at an earlier hearing. Arraignment is also when the right to a speedy trial begins. For misdemeanors, this is 60 days for someone in jail, and 90 days for someone out of jail.
In some cases, the arraignment hearing may be waived, if an attorney has already been hired and has requested such a waiver. Some arraignments may not be waived, such as those for DUI and domestic violence offenses.
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