Federal Arraignment

During the Federal Arraignment the defendant is advised of the charges against him. The Magistrate will ask if the defendant wants the charges read allowed. As the defendant already has a copy of the charges, we waive a formal reading of the charges. The Magistrate asks what plea the defendant wishes to enter and we always enter a plea of Not Guilty. Sometimes, the Initial Appearance, Bond Hearing and Arraignment all occur at the same setting.