An arraignment is usually the first court hearing in a criminal case. Generally, three things occur at an arraignment: 1)criminal charges are formally read; 2) the amount of bail is set 3) and a plea is entered.
Criminal charges including the date of the offense will be provided to you at arraignment.
Bail will also be discussed at arraignment. This means that bail can be increased or decreased at arraignment; or the judge can order the release of an accused on his or own recognizance. The court will consider the seriousness of the crime(s) and the danger you are to the community. If you have prior convictions or are on probation, you may be considered a higher risk. If you have previously failed to appear in court for your court date, bail will likely be higher.
If the person accused intends to fight the case, he or she will enter a not guilty plea and a pre-trial conference will be set along with a trial date. Or if the person desires, will plead guilty at arraignment.
In most misdemeanor cases, we can appear on your behalf and in your absence. We will need authorization from you before appearing on your behalf in you absence.