One of the necessary pieces of any arrest report is if a court date has been set for the crime and criminal. This date will represent the outcome of the arraignment. Whether a court date is necessary or this date is left unset, is all determined at the court arraignment. In this article, we discuss how significant a typical court arraignment is, how a court arraignment hearing is important in relation to the court scheduling a date, as well as to a possible court date for the court trial and disposition of a crime.
The first part of any crime is the arrest, followed by the court processing of criminal charges, the setting of the bail amount, then court arraignment, then the setting of the court date. Second to this, is the court arraignment (the first instance in a criminal court setting) in which a court date is set. Depending upon what happens in the preliminary court hearing or court arraignment sets the stage for all subsequent criminal processing, criminal charge substantiating, and conviction status-as well as whether or not a court date is set. This, in turn, is directly influential when it comes to the criminal record that reports all of this information for future use.
In a standard court arraignment-while as is true of any aspect of the legal process, it can vary widely depending upon situational factors-the court process goes forth as follows on the arraignment date: the presiding court judge reads the criminal charge of the defendant, inquires regarding their legal court representation (if they need court representation), asks how the defendant pleads (guilty, not guilt or no lo contendo), and decides whether to change the court bail amount or conversely, release the defendant upon his/her own recognizance previous to the court date. Depending upon all these factors and how the prosecution and defendant present themselves, the court judge will then decide to dismiss the criminal charges or set a court date for prosecution. At the end of which a specific date will be set immediately.
The first aspect of the court arraignment is simply a matter of presentation, making sure that all parties involved know exactly what the criminal charges are, against who, and as a result of the prosecution. The second of these is the question regarding representation, which is a necessary aspect of any future court date and trial. In many cases, the defendant cannot afford an attorney to represent them no matter the court date; in which case, the judge-at this time-will appoint a public defender to do so scheduled for the future court date. This is the defendant’s right in accordance with his/her Miranda Rights. Third, is how the defendant intends to plead according to the charge in question which is directly related to a possible future trial date. Depending on whether they plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest; will determine the likelihood and nature of a future court date. In the case of a not guilty charge, the defendant has said that they want to invoke their right to a court trial for the charges against them, and a court date will then be set. If they choose a plea of guilty, more often than not, the court sentencing will be based upon a plea bargain for a lesser charge or compromising with the prosecution (outside of a court date scheduling). With all these matters in hand, the judge will then determine to raise, lower, or delete any presence of a court bail.