The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure in Article 26.02 explains the purpose of Arraignment. It states that “An arraignment takes place for the purpose of fixing his identity and hearing his plea.”
In Bell County one of the District Courts will inform the defendant of his range of punishment for the primary indicted charge. There are times when the charge is amended or enhancement paragraphs are added. These can affect the range of punishment. If it is a plea then the defendant is informed of the range of punishment before the plea. If it is a trial then he should be informed of the range of punishment by his attorney.
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It's a long time between arraignment and sentencing. Although the range of punishment on a second-degree felony is 2-20, an individual's potential punishment range can be higher if they have enhancement paragraphs on their indictment from prior pen trips or if their indictment is amended to include any number of other factors that can affect the range. The defendant certainly should have been properly admonished on the record before the open plea or trial of the accurate range of punishment at that time. If this was not done, you should hire an appellate attorney to review the record for possible grounds for appeal.
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