I have to appear at an arraignment. Can you explain what is going to happen when I appear at the arraignment?


This is a hearing where the Judge will inform you of your right to an attorney and then set your trial date.  The Judge will give you three options for obtaining an attorney 1) Hire your own attorney 2) Apply for a court appointed attorney 3) waive your right to an attorney.  In some jurisdicitions the Magistrate has already set your trial date and you are only appearing at the arraignment to be advised of your right to an attorney.  In other jurisdictions there is no separate arraignment and it will be done at your first court appearance.  Some jurisdictions will let you waive your appearance at the arraignment if you have hired an attorney and they have entered their appearance as your attorney before the arraignment date.