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What are the chances ill be arrested? Can I check first?

Lawrence, MA |

Hello!
I am on conditions of release with a probation officer in MA. I got arrested for charges in NH ( ones I will beat for sure) week and a half ago. My arraignment is today for those charges. My lawyer said there is a chance for arrest, but he said he couldn't find out beforehand. I find that hard to believe. I'm super freaked out, haven't slept at all tonight. How can I know? He is trying to motion the court to skip arraignment and go right to trial. I will know in a few hours if his plan works. Any ideas? MA and NH have crap for online searches. Thanks!

Attorney Answers 3


  1. How could your lawyer find out beforehand what the judge will do? There is no mind reading course in law school, though I have frequently wished there had been. It's up to the judge whether to take you into custody for violating your conditions of release or not. The prosecutor may ask that your bail be revoked and you be held for 60 days without bail. Personal recognizance is a form of bail. If the prosecutor makes such a motion, the judge will decide. How do you know if the prosecutor will so move? You don't. You'll just have to show up and see. Also, there is no way a defendant can skip arraignment and go straight to trial. Not possible. If there is no arraignment, there is no case.

    I think you need to calm down and get yourself together.

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  2. You have an attorney. All of these questions should be asked of that attorney. If you truly have some reason to not believe that attorney, then you should hire another. On the other hand, how on earth could the attorney find out before hand if you're going to be remanded in court? My advice is to trust your current attorney unless you have some real specific reason not to. Best of luck.

    Jasen Nielsen


  3. I agree that skipping arraignment is a non sequitor. You can expedite the trial date after arraignment. A failure to inform your probation officer compounds the problem. I would strongly suggest that you have your lawyer contact the probation officer.

    You are not going to find an answer because your question is not usual procedure. Just think. The prosecution must gather its evidence and witnesses for a trial. The entry into the system is by an arraignment. Are you sure you understand what your lawyer is saying, or maybe you should get a second opinion

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