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600 W. Main Street, Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40202
USA

502.540.5700

First Court Appearance/Arraignment

Arraignment is the first formal court appearance in front of a judge after you have been charged with a crime. If you are in custody and have been unable to post bond, the arraignment may take place in the jail in front of a judge (or by video, depending on which county you are in). If you are out of custody, arraignment will take place in a courtroom in front of a judge.

  1. You will be informed of the charges against you and plead NOT GUILTY.
  2. If you have hired a lawyer, she will enter an appearance on your behalf and argue the issue of bond to the judge.
    • If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, you should request that the judge appoint a public defender to your case at this time.
  3. Then, the judge will schedule another court appearance on your case.
    • Arraignments are typically very quick court appearances, lasting only a few minutes.