Must an Accused Appear at Arraignment?

The initial appearance before a judge in a criminal district or municipal court case involves the defendant being “arraigned”. At arraignment, the charges against the defendant are read, a lawyer is appointet (if the defendant cannot afford one), and the defendant enters a plea of not guilty or guilty. In some types of criminal proceedings the arraignment can be waived, and thus the defendant and his attorney may not be required to appear in court. There are two types of district/ municipal court cases where an arraignment cannot be waived – DUI/ Physical Control cases and domestic violence related cases; a defendant’s appearance is mandatory. In some circumstances, however, if you have a conflict with the Court date (i.e. out of the country or out of state) your attorney can send in a Motion to Continue the hearing for the Judge to review and possibly grant. Most Courts will continue the arraignment date out 1-2 weeks if good cause is shown for the continuance.

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