Arraignment is a formal reading of a criminal charging document in the presence of the defendant to inform the defendant of the charges against him or her. In response to arraignment, the accused is expected to enter a plea. Acceptable pleas vary among jurisdictions, but they generally include "guilty", "not guilty", and the peremptory pleas (or pleas in bar) setting out reasons why a trial cannot proceed. Pleas of "nolo contendere" (no contest) and the "Alford plea" are allowed in some circumstances.In England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Australia, arraignment is the first of eleven stages in a criminal trial, and involves the clerk of the court reading out the indictment.
Posts about Arraignment
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    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 12 readers -
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    …. (We served as one of lead relators’ counsel in that case.) The only thing that gets the attention of the C-Suite Mafia is watching one of their own doing the “perp walk” on the evening news. Whistleblower Awards and Tenet Healthcare The $514 million fine last October resulted in an $84.4 million whistleblower award! A former Tenet Healthcare…

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  • What Happens When Someone Drops Charges Against You?

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    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 24 readers -
  • Medicare Fraud: Pharmacy Owner Obstructs Audit

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  • Criminal Defense Procedures

    … and locate hidden evidence or witnesses or any other mitigating factors that can strengthen your defense. Jury Trial One of the first steps in the trial are the opening statements made by the prosecutor and the defense attorney. These statements briefly outline to the jury the facts of the case and what both sides hope to achieve by the conclusion…

    Law Office of James Alston- 13 readers -
  • Waiving your appearance at arraignment for a DWI.

    … was that: (1) I requested an appearance waiver at an arraignment; (2) it’s a DWI arraignment. Judges typically want defendants present at arraignments, because it is when defendants are read the charges against them, and when many of their rights are explained. New York’s Criminal Procedure Law allows defendants to waive their right to appear…

    Adam Militello/ DWI Law & Criminal Defense Blog- 19 readers -
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