06 Oct What happens at an arraignment?
The defendant appears in court before a judge, the charges are read, if the defendant cannot afford an attorney one is appointed, and the plea is entered. Generally, the defendant is brought before a judge for arraignment within 24/48 hours after arrest. The exact time limit varies from state to state, though the U.S. Supreme Court now requires that if the defendant was arrested without a previously issues warrant, he or she must be brought before a judge within 48 hours, so that a judge may determine whether there was probable cause to arrest.
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