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Los Angeles Arraignment Lawyers

by admin   Aug 19, 2016   Filed Under: Uncategorized

There are several components to the arraignment process. Each step is usually followed carefully so that the defendant receives a fair trial in court.

The first step to any arraignment is the arrest. The arrest can take place as the result of a traffic stop or a warrant that has been issued for the person. Some people are arrested after a crime, such as a robbery, has been committed. Officers will give information to the court so that charges can be filed.

An arraignment is basically a first appearance that leads to other appearances in court. When you go to court for the arraignment, the judge will read your rights and give you a choice of hiring an attorney, asking for a court appointed attorney or representing yourself. You will also learn about your charges and possible punishment that you could receive for the charges. After you have told the judge what you want to do regarding an attorney, you are given a court date for the hearing. This could be in a month or a few months. The time frame between the first appearance and the next court date depends on how many people there are facing charges. If you are in jail during the arraignment, a bail amount could be set by the judge depending on the crime. This is an opportunity for you to ask for a bail reduction so that you can get out of jail. If bail is not reduced, then someone can try to come up with the money to get you out of jail on bond.

If the crime is a felony, it could be sent to superior court. There might be a separate arraignment in this court, but most of the time the information is carried over from the district court. Once you have an attorney, you can discuss the case and any defenses that you can use in the trial. You can have a trial with 12 of your peers if you choose to do so as it is your constitutional right. Each side will present its case, and the jury will decide your fate. Sentencing is the final step in the arraignment process. There are several ways that your sentencing could go based on whether you are found guilty or innocent.