Following an arrest, you will be required to appear in court for an Arraignment. This is your opportunity to inform the court of how you wish to plea, which dictates the type of criminal processing that takes place from there. If you wish to obtain legal representation, and defend your charges, you should plead “Not Guilty”. This invokes your rights to a defense and retention of counsel.
Types of Court Pleas
There are three ways a person can plead in an Arizona criminal court. Each will have a separate outcome in your case: