Q: I have arraignment coming up and I will be out of state can I write letter to judge with not guilty plea in my absence?
I'm going to need a court appointment attorney but could any lawyer write it on my behalf? I had train tickets purchased before this message.
A: In Virginia you generally would have to get the permission of the court to waive your appearance at the arraignment. You would request a court appointed attorney at the arraignment. So you may be able to reschedule the arraignment by contacting the clerk's office, but if you just send a letter and don't show up there is a good chance you will get a show cause or capias for not appearing.
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