Strongsville, OH asked in Criminal Law for Ohio

Q: Why would we continued arraignment court date?

Son is 18yrs old went to court for underage consumption in Ohio, (was only carrying 12pk of beer not drinking) met with the public defender before court who went into court for him and came out said you were given a diversion program. So you will need to pay court costs and take an online class then submit the certificate of completion to me. So we left under the assumption that that’s all he had to do. His case online through the court house now shows a continued arraignment court date. Why would he have another court date?

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Linda  Malek
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Arraignment dates may be continued because all the evidence has not been brought into the prosecutor’s, by the officers who give them then tickets , so they may need more time. Often, we receive an initial charge, but sometimes all the facts aren’t there to charge further, there can others that come down with it and a grand jury has to look at those charges along with all the evidence presented to them…so, to answer your question, an arraignment date can be postponed because of that. And Arraignment is just a time where you go with your lawyer and you receive a formal copy of your indicted paperwork and enter you’re not guilty plea and possibly bond. The basics are done on that court date allow so your lawyer him can enter a

guilty plea for you, if that is your intent. Many times magistrates sitting in those positions, are unwilling to take a guilty plea, because they have to be given authority by the judge. They sit for to do that in many judges don’t allow that.

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