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Do I Need An Attorney for An Arraignment?

Updated: Mar 13

An arraignment seems like a simple hearing - you plead not guilty and you request the next hearing. But you still need an attorney.

Arraignments can sometimes require specific defenses to be asserted, or they're waived - such as double jeopardy, mental defect defenses, or problems with the indictment. Without a lawyer, these defenses can be waived permanently.

Furthermore, between arraignment and the next hearing, you will need a criminal defense attorney to investigate your case and research possible defenses. Otherwise, at the status hearing, you could be presented with an offer without knowing your chances at trial to defeat the case.

You should hire an attorney as soon as possible to make sure your defense can hit the ground running. The District Attorney has been investigating your case since your arrest, and your defense attorney should be able to keep up. Otherwise, your defense will be behind.

For example, security camera footage, cell phone data, and other good evidence for your defense will be lost if you do not hire a criminal defense attorney immediately after your arrest.

If you've been arrested, you need to hire a criminal attorney as soon as possible. Contact me, and let's get started on your defense and investigating possible defenses.

My office is located in Boston, Massachusetts, but I practice criminal law in all Massachusetts courts. Call me today at 617-356-8217 if you need a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts.