What is the first court appearance for after an arrest?

Asked on September 25, 2012 under Criminal Law, Florida


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the procedures of all states in this country, the first appearance for a defendant in court after he or she has been arrested for a crime or crines is called the "arraignment".

At this time, the defendant is read the charges against him or her and is requested to make a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest. After the plea to the charge is entered, a settlement conference date and trial date are then set by the court.

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