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Tips to Prepare for Your Arraignment

Few things are as stressful and frightening as getting arrested, especially for a crime you did not commit. Embarking on the criminal legal process is intimidating from the moment of your arrest, and it is crucial you are ready for what lies ahead. During an arraignment, you will be formally advised of the basis of your arrests and any charges against you. This is a defining point in your criminal case as it is your chance to enter a plea: guilty, not guilty, or no contest. You must plead your case according to what your legal team advises is best, though you have the option of changing your plea later on.

Though your arraignment will only take a few minutes, it will set the tone for the entirety of your case. To prepare for this important legal proceeding, consider these tips from our legal team:

  1. Show up earlier than you think you should but expect to wait some time before your case is addressed.
  2. Check in with a court officer or court clerk upon arrival.
  3. Pay attention so you can respond to the judge promptly and politely.
  4. Do not approach the judge without permission.
  5. Do not discuss the details of your case with anyone outside of your legal team.
  6. Be honest with the judge if you do not understand the charges you are facing. Respectfully ask for an explanation if necessary.
  7. Make sure you know what your plea will be. Deciding what is best for you is your attorney’s primary goal.

Facing Charges & Seeking an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer? Contact Us

If you have been arrested or received a notice of arraignment, we at May, Rammell & Wells are ready to step in and fight for the best possible defense, no matter the circumstances of your situation. Our criminal defense attorneys are experienced in helping our clients achieve their goals thanks to our strategic and effective representation. We are led by a team of professional and strategic attorneys who will treat your case with integrity.

For over 4 decades, we have fought for the justice our clients deserve. Contact our firm by calling (208) 623-8021 today.


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