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
  • How Cases Start and How the Prosecution Operates

    … the person their rights, commonly called Miranda Rights, charges aren’t dropped. A defense attorney may use the fact that they weren’t read their rights at trial. The Initial Appearance Regardless of whether a person is read their rights or not, they will be transported to county jail. According to Texas law, requires anyone arrested for a crime…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 12 readers -
  • Tenet Exec INDICTED (Tenet Healthcare Whistleblower Post)

    … of the money that Tenet receives comes from Medicare and Medicaid. Under state and federal law, Medicare and Medicaid fraud is a crime. The government claims that Tenet Healthcare lied to the government for years by falsely claiming to comply with the 2006 Agreement. Major Fraud Against the United States The crime of Major Fraud Against the United…

    Due Diligence- 18 readers -
  • What Happens When Someone Drops Charges Against You?

    …, 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…

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

    … with criminal obstruction of the audit. At his arraignment he entered into a plea agreement and pleaded guilty. As part of his plea agreement, Logan admitted that he profited over a million dollars by using non-FDA approved ingredients in his compounded products. When sentenced, Logan faces five years in prison. Sentencing has been set…

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  • SEC Grabs Another PIWM Fraudster

    … that all defendants are innocent until proven guilty but we would rather see Sunderlage, Battoo and Seabolt doing the perp walk on the 6:00 news; all in handcuffs and headed for arraignment on criminal charges. If investors aren’t going to get back their money, at least let justice take the form of a criminal trial where the entire story can…

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  • Criminal Defense Procedures

    …, legal representation is crucial. One of the first steps in a criminal case is that of an arraignment that is essentially an appearance in court. If the defendant has appointed their own attorney, the attorney will be present in court for the arraignment as well. If the defendant has not appointed an attorney yet or cannot afford one, the government…

    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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