Misdemeanor Charges

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Initial hearing or arraignment, this is the first court appearance where a formal reading of felony or misdemeanor charges will be presented by a judge or magistrate and bail will be determined. The formal reading is also known as a complaint and the appointed judge will identify the specific charge(s) and the maximum penalty if found guilty (Nichols, n.d). Once the complaint is read, the defendant will be provided the opportunity to obtain a court appointed attorney under the Sixth Amendment if one has not already been provided. It is worth noting that during arraignment; if misdemeanor charges are identified then the defendant has the opportunity to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest (Nichols, n.d.). Under misdemeanor charges,

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