After being arrested for a criminal offense in Texas, an arraignment will be scheduled for you to appear in court. You will appear before a judge and the prosecution will read the charges filed against you.
The most important phase of this brief hearing is that the judge will ask you whether you wish to plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. You will be asked to acknowledge that you are, in fact, the individual that has been charged. The judge will inform you about the maximum penalty for your charge. Furthermore, an arraignment will determine if you have retained an attorney and, if so, who that will be.
It is critical to remember about an arraignment is that you do not have to plead guilty, if you committed the criminal offense. Although it may appear rational to plead guilty if you committed the crime you are charged with, most people plead not guilty in order to provide their lawyer and the prosecutor time to negotiate.
In many cases, crimes can be reduced and negotiated out of court. On the other hand, if you decide to plead guilty, the judge may enter a sentence at the arraignment.
If you miss your arraignment, this will result in a warrant being issued for your arrest.
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