What is an Arraignment in California?
An arraignment is a court appearance at which the defendant is informed of the charges against him, given a copy of the accusatory pleading and given an opportunity to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty. It is the defendant's first court appearance. If the defendant is charged with a bailable offense, the court must set bail unless bail has already been set.
When is the Arraignment in California?
Must I Personally Appear at an Arraignment in California?
Most misdemeanor defendants may appear by counsel at all stages of the case, including the arraignment However, if the defendant is charged with a misdemeanor involving domestic violence or violation of a protective order, he must appear in person at the arraignment.
If you have been charged in a crime in California, contact Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Scott Hughes to discuss your arraignment and the charges against you at 714-423-6928.