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.