Springfield, MA asked in Criminal Law for Massachusetts

Q: How can there be an arraignment held for criminal charges when the person in question has not been arrested or charged

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Benjamin P. Urbelis
Benjamin P. Urbelis
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Boston, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: You do not need to be arrested to be arraigned on criminal charges- you may be summonsed to court for certain charges. You aren't actually officially "charged" until the arraignment, so of course the person can be arraigned without having been charged first.

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