Written by attorney Theodore W. Robinson

What happens at an Arraignment Court?

After you get arrested, the police must bring you before a Judge to allow you to enter a Not Guilty plea and to set bail or bond. That is done in an Arraignment Court. The person who has been arrested will have to appear before the Judge and after entering the Not Guilty plea, the issue of bail/bond is decided by the Judge.

There are a number of bail alternatives available, including ROR which means Released in your own Recognizance, the Conditional Release Program, which means a type of Probation, so you must report to the Probation Department whenever you go to Court. It is best to have your own attorney with you when you first appear before a Judge and it is best to have your family present to demonstrate you have community ties, which indicates you will return to Court when told to do so.

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