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Q. Do I need an attorney at the first appearance?

A. The first court appearance is referred to as an Arraignment. There are certain charges where an attorney can excuse your presence at court (certain misdemeanor charges, please check with an experience criminal defense attorney). During an Arraignment you are advised of your constitutional rights and informed of the charges against you. During a felony arraignment the attorney may have to argue bail or to allow you to remain free without bail. Also you will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. For felony chargers, you will be required to have an attorney represent you.

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