What happens at arraignment?
Arraignments are the hearings that basically start a criminal case. It depends on the court and the case, but these are things that generally happen at arraignment:
  1. The judge tells the defendant about his or her rights in court.
  2. Either the judge or the prosecutor will read the charge or charges to the defendant.
  3. The judge asks whether the defendant has an attorney, and appoints one to represent the defendant if requested and appropriate.
  4. The judge sets conditions of release from custody - the conditions may include bail, periodic check-ins with a court-designated monitor, no contact with certain persons, not leaving Snohomish County, not possessing or using alcohol or controlled substances, not possessing weapons, not committing new offenses, and more.
  5. The judge will set a new court date or dates for pretrial hearings and/or trial.

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1. I have a complaint about my attorney. Who do I contact?
2. Is there a warrant out for me?
3. Can I get my warrant quashed?
4. Who is my attorney?
5. What happens at arraignment?
6. Can I just pay my fine(s) and not have a court date?
7. How do I take a conviction or adjudication off of my record?
8. What is going on with my case?