Q: What happens at arraignment
A: An arraignment is the first court date in a criminal case. The defendant will be informed of the charges being brought and have an opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty. The court will also determine whether the defendant is eligible to be released on bond and the amount of such bond. If the defendant pleads guilty to a drunk driving charge, the judge will schedule a later sentencing date. This will give the probation department time to prepare a pre-sentence report containing background information about the defendant and make a sentencing recommendation. If the defendant pleads not guilty, the case will be scheduled for a pre-trial conference if it's a misdemeanor or a probable cause conference if it's a felony.
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