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What is an arraignment?

Arraignment is the first step in a criminal proceeding. During an arraignment, a defendant appears to be advised of the charges and enter a plea: guilty or not guilty. During arraignment, further court dates are also set and the hearing offers a defendant the opportunity to ask for court-appointed counsel, if he or she hasn’t secured a lawyer of his or her own. Moreover, bail issues can be resolved at the arraignment hearing.