What is an arraignment?
An arraignment is a hearing where an initial plea is entered to an offense. Normally, a person who is arrested and brought to the jail will have an arraignment conducted by video within 48 hours of their arrest. If a `not guilty` plea is entered, the court will normally ask the accused if they can afford private counsel. If the offense qualifies for the appointment for the services of the Public Defender`s Office, an application can be made.