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Arraignment
Attorney Michele Da Silva is an aggressive criminal defense attorney. If you are facing criminal charges, it is important that you speak with a criminal defense attorney who understands the complexity of our legal system so that you may be properly informed of the consequences that you may face.  Having an aggressive criminal defense attorney advocate on your behalf may help reduce or bail amount or possibly get you released without posting bail (released on personal recognizance).


What You Should Know​

Arraignment is the first critical stage of a criminal case. It is where the defendant is formally informed of the charges against him/her. It is also the stage where a defendant’s Sixth Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution is triggered and the defendant has the right to have an attorney present. 

A defendant who has been arrested and is not released shall be brought for arraignment before a court if then in session; and if not, at its next session. A defendant who receives a summons or who has been arrested but is thereupon released shall be ordered to appear before the court for arraignment on a date certain. At arraignment, the court shall (a) read the charges to the defendant in open court, except that the reading of the charges in open court may be waived by the defendant if he or she is represented by counsel; (b) enter the defendant's plea to the charges; (c) inform the defendant of all warnings and advisories required by law; and, (d) determine the conditions of the defendant's release, if any. 

At a District Court arraignment on a complaint which is outside of the District Court's final jurisdiction or on which jurisdiction is declined, the court shall schedule the case for a probable cause hearing. In all other District and Superior Court cases the court shall issue an order at arraignment requiring the prosecuting attorney and defense counsel to (1) engage in a pretrial conference on a date certain, and (2) appear at a pretrial hearing on a specified subsequent date.

Why have Attorney Da Silva represent you? Under some circumstance, if you are represented by an attorney at an arraignment, the attorney may be able to have the case completely dismissed before arraignment, in essence, keeping the incident from being placed on your record. Additionally, at arraignment bail will be set based on numerous factors such as risk of flight, past criminal records, and seriousness of the alleged offense. Having an aggressive criminal defense attorney advocate on your behalf may help reduce the bail amount or possibly get you released without posting bail (released on personal recognizance).




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