What happens at my Arraignment in Orange County?
What happens at my Arraignment in Orange County? Well, if you were arrested for any crime in Irvine, your case would begin in the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. From there, you have any of the following options:
- You can represent yourself. No one – not your friends, not your family, not any judge, or any one at the State Bar of California, would recommend this option. The old saying, which you’ve likely heard, is that the one that represents themselves have a fool for a client. If you represent yourself, the court has you fill out a waiver and questionnaire to prove that you know what the court system is about and what rules apply.
- You can retain an attorney. You can choose any attorney you like. Personal recommendations are best, but whoever you are referred to, you should also check the attorney’s license and qualifications. The court also has a court bar panel, where lawyers agree to provide services in payments, and for a reduced fee. There are also legal directories, and legal rating services, where you can see qualifications of an attorney before you request a consultation.
- You can request the services of a public defender, if you financially qualify. A public defender is not always a “free lawyer”. Often the county can deny you a PD if you are working and don’t have government assistance benefits, or can force you to pay back the services of the public defender when the case is over with.
An arraignment hearing happens in almost all criminal defense cases. An arraignment simply is the first court appearance in any defendant’s criminal case. At the arraignment, the defendant’s attorney is provided a copy of the criminal complaint and the initial discovery packet. What happens at my Arraignment in Orange County depends somewhat on what these documents state and what is ready.
What happens at my Arraignment in Orange County and do I have to attend? For all except felony cases, a defendant can have an attorney appear on his or her behalf at the arraignment hearing and would not have to come to court. If the defendant does not have an attorney, he or she would have to personally appear in court and could end up waiting all day to have his or her case called. It is important to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney well in advance of the arraignment hearing. If the defendant does not have an attorney at the time of arraignment, the Court will give the defendant several options. What happens at my Arraignment in Orange County depends on what might be best given the facts of the case. The Court may allow the defendant to continue the arraignment so that he or she can retain private counsel. The defendant may also be able to apply for a public defender at the arraignment if he or she is found to qualify financially. And the defendant will be given the option of representing himself or herself, however this is never recommended as DUI offenses can be incredibly technical and require the assistance of a skilled attorney who understands how best to defend these types of cases.
What happens at my Arraignment in Orange County regarding plea bargain offers? At the arraignment, the prosecutor may make an offer to resolve the case. In most cases the defense will enter a plea of not guilty and schedule a pretrial hearing. This would give the defense an opportunity to investigate the case and obtain additional discovery material from the prosecution. There may be other material, such as videos, audio recordings and breath testing maintenance and calibration records that would help exonerate the defendant. This material is generally not available at the arraignment hearing.
What happens at my Arraignment in Orange County? if there’s a prior? At arraignment, the judge may set bail on the defendant or may set conditions of “O.R.” such as mandatory AA attendance while the case is pending.