Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses ArraignmentJuly 19, 2011
On its face, Georgia arraignment appears to be a very easy concept; however, there are important aspects and consequences that must be considered.
Georgia Arraignment is a very important step in the Criminal Justice System. At arraignment, the defendant appears in court and announces his plea of guilty or not guilty. IfÂ the defendant pleads guilty, then a plea hearing will occur shortly thereafter. Â At the plea hearing, theÂ defendantÂ will be informed of the rights he or she is giving up by pleading guilty and the judge will make sure the defendantÂ understands those rights and the plea hearing process.
If the defendant pleads not guilty, then the case will start the process of proceeding to trial. Â At arraignment, the defendant will decideÂ whether to have a bench trial or a jury trial. With a bench trial, the judge makes the decision as to the defendant’s guilt, whereas with a jury trial, the jury makes that decision. Â A jury for a misdemeanor charge will be 6 people, a felony jury trial will have a jury of 12.
Once arraignment occurs, there is a very important 10 day window in which to file legal challenges and legal motions. These legal motions could include a Motion toÂ Suppress, a general or special demurrer to the charges, or challenges on Miranda violations.
If you have a pending criminal charge in Georgia, it is important to have a Free Consultation with a Knowledgeable Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer.
About the attorney:Â Â Anne BishopÂ is a Georgia Lawyer with A. Bishop LawÂ in Gainesville, GeorgiaÂ and handles variousÂ DUI / DWI,Â Marijuana ArrestsÂ and other GeorgiaÂ Criminal DefenseÂ matters. Â The law office of A. Bishop Law can assist clients throughout Georgia including:Â Hall CountyÂ (Gainesville,Â Oakwood,Â Flowery Branch),Â Jackson CountyÂ Â (Jefferson, Braselton)Â White CountyÂ (Helen, Cleveland),Â Lumpkin CountyÂ (Dahlonega),Â Dawson CountyÂ (Dawsonville),Â Habersham CountyÂ (Demorest, Cornelia),Â and all ofÂ Northeast Georgia.
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