I am scheduled for trial but was refused arraignment. I represent myself. Is this not a violation of due process,

Asked over 1 year ago - Fayetteville, PA

I did not waive arraignment. The D.A. told me that I would be refused arraignment in open court unless I pled guilty. I did not plead guilty, was refused arraignment, & scheduled for trial. Does the trial court have subject matter jurisdiction to try me on a charge I was not arraigned on?

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  1. Robert C. Keller

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Representing yourself is the big mistake you are making. You obviously do not know criminal procedure or the law so you are putting yourself in a terrible position. If you cannot afford a private attorney then apply for a public defender.

  2. Stewart C Crawford Jr.

    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . If you cannot afford an attorney, seek representation through the public defender’s office. You are only doing yourself a disservice by trying to muddle through this on your own.

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  3. Joseph Patrick Lesniak


    Contributor Level 11

    Answered . I agree. No one can effectively advocate for themselves.

  4. William Ray Pelger

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . I thought teh setting of a bond was always required. However, since i don't know where Fayetteville is (by Gettysburg?), and i don't know the court system, you really need a local lawyer.

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