My son received a letter in the mail the beginning of Feb stating that "on or about" 7/20 a complaint was filed for assault, theft under $400.00 and defrauding an innkeeper. No other information other than he must appear in court 2/22 or a warrant may be issued for his arrest. He has no idea what this is about. He was not in the city who is charging him "on or about" 7/20. Doesn't he have the right to know more specifics of these charges before appearing in court for the arraignment?
Administrative Law Lawyer
The purpose of the arraignment itself is to notify him of the charges and to provide the specifications that you are inquiring about.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
Once he gets an attorney on his case, the attorney will get a copy of the police report and then his attorney will discuss it with him. He does not have a right to get any more than that prior to his arraignment. At the arraignment, he will be told what the charges are but he'll have to wait to get more information. And he cannot get the police report ahead of time. His attorney will get it after the arraignment.