Mesa, AZ asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Arizona

Q: if the witness was fabricated, how does the case still move forward from the initial arraignment?

can the accused (incarcerated presently) attend an arraignment without legal representation and no witness?

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Richard W. Noel
Richard W. Noel
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Arraignments aren't a time for witnesses to be present generally. That's typically a Grand Jury indictment or Preliminary Hearing. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you. Usually before the arraignment. If you "can afford one" but didn't, the judge will likely let you proceed Pro Per, where you'll be acting on your own behalf. Which is never recommended for criminal cases. If you're in this situation, you need to hire an attorney who is willing to work with your budget, to make sure you get the best possible outcome.

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