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Q: I'm out on bail. At my arraignment can charges be added and my bail be raised? Or is my bond $ going to stay the same?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
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A: During an arraignment, the court typically presents the charges against you and gives you the opportunity to enter a plea. In certain situations, it is possible for additional charges to be added during the arraignment, such as when new evidence is presented or if the initial charges were incomplete. If new charges are added, the court may reassess your bail amount based on factors like the severity of the charges and any potential flight risk or danger you may pose. This reassessment could result in your bail being increased, decreased, or remaining the same, depending on the judge's decision.

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