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What is an arraignment?

Posted by David L. Clarke | Feb 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

An arraignment is a court hearing where a criminal defendant is advised of the charges being brought against him or her. During this proceeding, the criminal defendant is asked to enter an initial plea of either guilty, not guilty, or no contest. After the defendant's plea is entered, the court will set a review and/or settlement date.

A criminal defendant is normally required to attend the arraignment. If the defendant fails to attend the arraignment, additional criminal charges, fines, and/or a warrant may be issued by the court.

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David L. Clarke

As a Murfreesboro attorney, I handle criminal defense cases, personal injury cases, and divorce/child custody cases. I realize that when someone hires me for one these legal issues, they are going through one of the toughest times in their lives. When hired on your case, I will meet with you as o...


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