Arraignment hearing

The arraignment is the first court appearance.

A Judicial Officer informs the defendant/attorney of the following:

  • Alleged charges
  • Constitutional rights

A copy of the accusatory pleading is provided to the defendant/attorney. The defendant/attorney will enter a plea of:

  • Not Guilty - the defendant states he/she did not commit the crime. The case will be set for a future hearing.
  • Guilty - the defendant admits that he/she did commit the crime.
  • No Contest - the defendant will not contest the charge.  The plea has the same effect as a guilty plea except the conviction cannot be used against the defendant in a civil suit.
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