There are 2 types of arraignments.
An arraignment is typically the first part of the criminal procedure that occurs in a courtroom before a judge or magistrate. The purpose of an arraignment is to provide the accused with a reading of the crime with which he or she has been charged. This is required by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution as a protection against authorities holding those accused in custody for an extended period without telling them the charge. For that reason, an arraignment must usually occur within a set time period after arrest - often 72 hours. If this does not occur, the accused could have an argument that his or her constitutional right to a speedy trial has been violated.
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Have your criminal record expunged or sealed.
Expungement (also called "expunction") is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is "sealed," or erased in the eyes of the law. When a conviction is expunged, the process may also be referred to as "setting aside a criminal conviction."
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