What is an arraignment?
An arraignment is the defendant's initial appearance where he/she will be advised of the charges against him/her. The judge at the arraignment will also determine whether the defendant is able to afford his/her own attorney, whether he/she qualifies for court appointed counsel, or whether he/she chooses to waive his/her right to an attorney. If the defendant qualifies for court appointed counsel, the judge will appoint counsel at the arraignment and tell the defendant how to get in touch with his/her attorney. Finally, the judge will give the defendant his/her trial or preliminary hearing date at the arraignment.

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1. What is the difference between the Commonwealth's Attorney and the County Attorney?
2. Can I drop charges that have already been filed?
3. Can the Commonweath's Attorney give me legal advice about private legal matters?
4. Will a Commonwealth's Attorney represent me on a traffic ticket?
5. How can I get my property returned in a criminal case?
6. How do I get a copy of a police report?
7. How do I pay a traffic ticket?
8. How can I have my criminal record expunged?
9. If I get a subpoena, do I have to go to court?
10. What is an arraignment?
11. What is a preliminary hearing?
12. How do I go about getting a Protective Order against someone who is physically abusing or threatening me?
13. What do I do if I have not received my court ordered restitution?