Arraignment is the criminal court procedure in which an arrested individual becomes a defendant, officially accused of one or more crimes. Unless there is a unique circumstance or situation, a defendant must be arraigned in person.
Each individual arrested for and accused of a crime, referred to during the arraignment as the "defendant" by the court, has the prerogative to be represented by an attorney at arraignment. In fact, it is highly advisable to have an attorney by your side throughout an arraignment in order to ensure the best outcome possible. Court-appointed attorneys are available, but more often than not, this is never the route to go if you want only the very best representation and if you are serious about potentially staying out of prison. For someone who truly cares about fighting for your rights, contact us today.