What is an arraignment?
An arraignment is the initial formal proceeding in a criminal case where the court will read the charges that have been filed against you. Typically, the court will enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf at the arraignment and give you your next court date.
At your arraignment, the court will also make determinations of bail or conditions of release. These conditions can include payment of bail/bond, no contact orders, daily/weekly reporting requirements, GPS monitoring, drug and alcohol testing, etc. Keep in mind that the prosecutors are allowed to appear and request additional restrictions at your arraignment, therefore it is highly recommended that you hire a criminal defense lawyer prior to the arraignment.