Arraignment In Criminal Justice

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November 18, 2012 An arraignment is the process by which the defendant, the person being accused of a criminal act, is read specific charges against him. It is the first step in the criminal process after arrest, it just a brief court hearing. All arraignments are conducted after the suspect is arrested and booked by law enforcement. An arraignment takes place only after the prosecuting attorney decides to file charges. The first two steps in an arraignment are for the accused person, defendant, is addressed by name. Secondly, the charge against the person is read, including the alleged date, time, and place of offense. Thirdly, during an arraignment you are either admitting to or deny the charges against the defendant. There are three different pleas that a defendant can enter into the court. Not guilty, meaning he or she is denying the charges being place upon them. Guilty, meaning he or she is admitting to the criminal charges, and lastly, no contest, meaning you refuse to admit to being guilty or not guilty. However, in many jurisdictions, it is very similar to pleading guilty.…show more content…
This attorney usually represents defendants who have insurance and who are chosen by the insurance company. They also usually represent criminal defendants. A prosecutor is a government lawyer who investigates and tries criminal cases. They are often referred to as district attorney, state’s attorney, or United States attorney. There are two types of prosecutors, private and public. A public prosecutor is an officer appointed by the government. A private prosecutor is one who prefers an accusation against a party whom is suspects to be

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