In this article, we explored what you’ll likely hear at an arraignment, how pleading works at an arraignment, and how the right to counsel is generally brought up in arraignments. Now, you should have a better understanding of what to expect at your arraignment.
If you can afford an attorney, it is generally advisable to have your attorney present at the arraignment. At the very least, you’ll likely want to speak with an attorney prior to your arraignment so you know what way to properly plead your case. And if you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one for you.