Also known in Maricopa County as the Not Guilty Arraignment, this is often the first court appearance for the case. Arraignment is a hearing where the defendant is told of his or her rights and what charges he or she stands accused of by the prosecutor. The judge will address everyone as a group. There are usually 50 or so defendants all at the arraignment at the same time. After the judge explains everyone’s rights to the group, each defendant is called up one by one to receive his or her indictment and next court date. The judge may also decide the defendant’s release conditions if it was not already decided.
If you or someone you love has an Arraignment, it is best to contact a lawyer with experience in criminal defense right away. Burges McCowan is an experienced criminal defense attorney and he can help.