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Step 4 - Formal Arraignment



The next step is called the formal arraignment, which is done at the courthouse usually a month or two after the preliminary hearing.

The defendant is given a copy of the information sheet and advised of his/her rights. Although called a "formal" arraignment, the procedure is informal.  This is also the time that the defendant enters their guilty or not guilty plea. 

If you are the victim of a crime in which an offender was arrested, you are not required to attend the formal arraignment.