What is an arraignment date?

The arraignment date is the first time that a criminal defendant appears in court.

The arraignment is for the purpose of reading the charges and determining what the defendant would like to do with his or her case.

The case cannot be disposed of on this date unless the criminal defendant agrees to do so.

If the defendant has not yet retained legal counsel and wishes to do so, the court will reset the case to a future date for the defendant to hire an attorney.