The arraignment is the first step in any criminal matter after the arrest. At the arraignment, the defendant will learn the charges the he or she is accused of, the accused will either be assigned a lawyer or may retain private counsel, the District Attorney’s Office will inform the defendant of any statements by the accused or identification procedures that the DA intends to use against the accused and bail/bond may be set.
As well, if the matter is a misdemeanor or violation, the matter will either be scheduled for the District Attorney to provide what is known as “corroboration” of the charges or for the accused to demand certain evidence from the District Attorney’s Office.
If the accused is charged with a felony, a crime that can result in more than one year of jail, the matter will be scheduled for the District Attorney’s Office to present the matter to what is known as the Grand Jury.
The retention of an experienced attorney prior to arraignment can be crucial to the defense against any charges. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Davis routinely represents those accused of both felonies and misdemeanors at arraignments and is prepared to advocate against bail on your behalf.