How do I waive my arraignment?

I was arrested for an OWI several hours from my home, and my court date is next Tuesday. I was told that I could waive my arraignment. I am in the process of hiring a lawyer, but cannot until the end of this week. How long does it take to waive an arraignment, and what is the procedure for doing so?

Asked on July 20, 2010 under Criminal Law, Michigan

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Apparently certain of the Judicial Districts in Missouri have a form that you can fill out that allows you to waive your arraignment.  It spells out your basic constitutional rights such as an attorney, etc., and it asks you to enter a plea.  It tells you what your rights are at trial as to witnesses,etc.  You have to sign the form in front of a witness.  I will attach a link to one of the districts but I can not tell you if this is what you need.  It is just for reference.  I would call the court and ask if you can use this form or what you need to do.  And get that lawyer fast.  Good luck. 

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