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.
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    …, trafficking in persons, leaving the scene of an accident with fatality 10 years: crime against elderly or disabled, arson, compelling prostitution 7 years: most financial crimes and identity theft 2 years: misdemeanors Is It Possible to Sue Someone Who Made a False Accusation Against Me? Judges and prosecuting attorneys, as well as their staffs and police…

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  • Medicare Fraud: Pharmacy Owner Obstructs Audit

    … When I was a child, I hated to go to the dentist. My parents tell me I was grounded after I hid the car keys hoping that would keep me from the dentist. Not only didn’t it work, I was also grounded. Unfortunately, some healthcare providers think if they try to obstruct a Medicare fraud audit, somehow their tactic will work. It doesn’t. Today…

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  • Criminal Defense Procedures

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  • Waiving your appearance at arraignment for a DWI.

    … was granted. The judge accepted the appearance waiver and it saved our client hundreds of dollars in airline tickets and hotel rooms. If you are facing a DWI charge in Rochester, but you live out of state and need to choose a local lawyer, feel free to call me for a free consultation by phone. My number is (585) 485-0025. About Adam MilitelloAttorney…

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