I’ve been charged with a misdemeanor in Maricopa County, what is an arraignment?

by Aaron Black • April 14, 2016
After being charged with a misdemeanor in Maricopa County, you will receive a court date which will appear on the bottom of the Traffic Ticket and Complaint. Your initial appearance in court is called an arraignment.

At the arraignment you will be advised of the formal misdemeanor charges against you and the court will determine if you are entitled to a public defender. Public defenders are appointed if you are indigent and the prosecution is seeking jail time for the crime that you have been charged with.

Often times, arraignments are merely a formality and very little happens. In fact, if you hire a private criminal defense attorney prior to the Arraignment date, your attorney will most likely file a Notice of Appearance, enter a Not Guilty Plea, and waive your appearance. Your case will then be set for a pre-trial conference (PTC). A pre-trial conference is a court setting in which the status of your case will be reviewed by the court.

Forms of misdemeanor crimes include DUI, assault, theft and burglary. These charges can carry some serious repercussions including up to six months in jail time and hefty fines. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor crime in Maricopa County I strongly recommend that you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney.

At the Law Office of Aaron Black Law, I have personally logged thousands of hours in the courtroom obtaining favorable results for his clients and he's argued over 50 trials. My trial experience has sharpened my litigation skills as a criminal defense attorney and this has given me invaluable insight into the legal system. Many of my criminal defense cases have resulted in dismissals, not guilty verdicts, no jail time, or substantially reduced charges.

At the Law Office of Aaron Black, I personally represent my clients against the serious criminal charges against them to “Deliver Justice and Defend Your Freedom.” To learn more about the Law Office of Aaron Black or to set up a free consultation to discuss the charges against you call 480-729-1683 or click here to contact Aaron.


About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
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