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A suspect can be held for arraignment after booking and interrogation. In some places he is taken by police or court personnel to a courthouse and confined in a holding cell. In others he is confined at a police facility.


This is a suspect's first appearance before a judge, justice or magistrate. The accused is informed of the formal charges.

During the late 1980s, a legal mandate requiring arraignment within 72 hours of arrest became a national standard. Improvements in the process from arrest to arraignment have reduced that mandate to as little as 24 hours in many cities. (There are exceptions. In places with no weekend arraignment court, a Friday night arrestee unable to make bail may be locked up until Monday morning.)

An assistant prosecutor normally handles arraignments, and a public defender acts on behalf of felony suspects who have not hired a lawyer. In rural courts that lack staff public defenders, the arraignment judge will appoint a local lawyer to represent an indigent suspect who may face jail time if convicted. (The appointment of a lawyer or public defender does not absolve the suspect of financial responsibility. If he is solvent, he may have to pay.)

If police set bail, the suspect can request a bail reduction during arraignment. The judge has the authority to alter, grant or deny bail. The suspect's lawyer also can request a bail hearing.

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