Arraignment at District Division of Trial Court

This is the first court appearance for any misdemeanor or felony. Once arrested and charged with a felony, the suspect appears in Trial Court for arraignment. At arraignment, the defendant is told what the charge(s) is (are) and the maximum penalty if convicted, and is advised of his constitutional rights to a jury or bench trial, appointed attorney, presumption of innocence, etc. The charging document is called a Complaint. The conditions and amount of bond are determined. In some cases — generally based on the nature of the charge — the Judge imposes conditions on the bond, such as “no contact” with the victim. Bond is set in almost every case, but it is up to the defendant’s own resources to post the bail money, which allows him to be released.

All further pre-trial procedures are determined by whether the defendant is charged with a felony or misdemeanor


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