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Virginia's Criminal Justice System: Arraignment

If you are not released by the magistrate and cannot make bail, you will appear before a judge in a hearing called an ARRAIGNMENT. The arraignment will likely occur the next business day following your arrest. At the arraignment the judge will inform you of the charge against you, notify you of your right to counsel, inquire about your plans regarding a lawyer, review the magistrate’s decision regarding bail and the information provided by Court Services, and make a decision whether to change the bail conditions or not. If you were released on your own recognizance by the magistrate or if you were able to post the required bond and were released, your arraignment will be scheduled for another date.

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