Your Initial Court Appearance
If you have been arrested, you probably have a lot of questions about what will happen next. Your Virginia criminal defense lawyer will be your best source of information during this confusing time.
What Will Happen at My Initial Court Appearance?
Your Virginia criminal defense attorney will explain everything you need to know about what you should expect at your first court appearance. Generally, the judge will go over any charges that have been brought against you and make a probable cause determination. There are several things your Virginia criminal defense lawyer will tell you that you are entitled to at this appearance. You will get a notice, explanation, and copy of the charges. You will be informed of your right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. The judge will also set your bail if it is appropriate and schedule a date for your preliminary hearing. It will not be until arraignment that you will have to enter a plea.
Do I Have the Right to an Attorney?
You will have the right to have your attorney present if you have already hired one. You also have a constitutional right to an attorney at your arraignment.
To Speak with a Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer
As you approach your initial appearance after arrest, you will realize that standing in front of the court alone can be very intimidating. It is important for you to find a Virginia criminal defense attorney with the knowledge and experience to successfully represent you. Call 703-912-3100 to speak with someone from the Law Offices of Lewis & Associates, PC.