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The purpose of an arraignment is to advise you of the charge against you, to advise you of your rights, to set the date for your next court appearance, and to determine the amount of your bail.
The judge will tell you the charge against you, the name of the person who signed the complaint, and any minimum and maximum sentence for that charge.
1. TRIAL: All persons accused of a crime have the right to a trial to determine their guilt or innocence. Either a judge alone or a jury can make that decision. At a trial you are presumed innocent. The prosecutor must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. You meet your accuser face to face in open court. You may question witnesses giving testimony against you. You may get court orders to compel attendance of witnesses you want to testify for you. You can testify yourself, or choose to remain silent and that won't be used against you. If found guilty, you have a right to have your case reviewed by a higher court.
2. PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION: If you are charged with a felony or high court misdemeanor you have the right to a probable cause conference which will be scheduled 7 to 14 days after the arraignment. This is a meeting between you, your attorney and the prosecutor. You also have the right to a preliminary examination which will be scheduled 5 to 7 days after the probable cause conference. It is not a trial.
Its purpose is for the judge to decide if there is sufficient evidence to require a trial in your case.
3. ATTORNEY: You have a right to a lawyer. If you want one and do not have enough income or assets to hire one, you may have one appointed, without charge, to assist you in court and during any questioning you agree to.
4. BAIL: For most offenses, you have a right to be released on bail pending the conclusion of the charge against you. Some offenses are not bailable as a matter of right and the judge may fix or deny your bail in accordance with the provisions of law. The type and amount of bail will be determined by the judge.
5. MIRANDA: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say, orally or in writing, can be used against you in court. During any questioning, you have the right to have a lawyer present.
6. Federal law and/or state law may prohibit you from possessing or purchasing ammunition or a firearm (including a rifle, pistol, or revolver) if you are convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence and you are a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim; you share a child in common with the victim; you are or were cohabitating with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian; or you are or were involved with the victim in another, similar relationship.
If you do not understand any of these rights, you may ask the judge questions about them.
If you require special accommodations to use the court because of disabilities, or if you require a foreign language interpreter to help you to fully participate in court proceedings, please contact the court immediately to make arrangements.
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