Do I need a lawer present at my first hearing on a battery charge?

‘Im charged with battery on a women.

Asked on November 30, 2011 under Criminal Law, California


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have been arrested on a battery charge on a woman, the first appearance that you will make is called an "arraignment". At the arraignment, you will be asked to make a plea as to the charge against you in the criminal matter. The plea will either be guilty, not guilty or no contest.

Given the fact that you have been charged with a crime where if convicted you can be fined, jailed, given community service work, attend anger management classes and have a permanent criminal record which could impact your ability for higher eductation or for a good job, it is best that you consult with a criminal defense attorney before your arraignment.

You do not have to have an attorney present at your first hearing, but it would be a wise idea if you did.

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