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What is a Re-Arraignment in Rhode Island?

Posted by Matthew Marin | Sep 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The beginning of a criminal case can be confusing to understand. If you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense in Rhode Island, you may see a Judge at the Police Station who will set bail and the terms of you release pending a further court hearing or potential trial. 

The Judge who comes to the Police Station to handle your case is referred to as a Bail Commissioner or Justice of the Peace. In most cases the Bail Commissioner will set bail and you will be released from the Police Station with paperwork to appear in Court. Your first Court appearance is referred to as a “Re-Arraignment” or District Court arraignment. 

The re-arraignment in Court is the commencement of the formal court proceedings. Once again, in most cases the District Court Judge will keep in place the existing bail conditions set by the Bail Commissioner. The proceeding is called a Re-Arraignment due to the fact that the proceeding at the Police Station with the Bail Commissioner is considered an informal arraignment.

In some cases, when an individual is charged with a felony offense they may be given paperwork for a re-arraignment to address adding bail conditions that were not imposed by the Bail Commissioner. In some cases (frequently felony drug charges and felony drunk driving cases) the Police will request a re-arraignment so that additional conditions such as counseling and/or drug testing can be added by a District Court Judge.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Rhode Island and you have questions about an upcoming re-arraignment, contact Attorney Matthew Marin for experienced legal advice and representation.

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Matthew Marin

My name is Attorney Matthew Marin. I have dedicated my career to defending those charged with criminal offenses throughout Rhode Island. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a criminal offense, we understand that are likely in an unfamiliar situation that can be extremely intimidating and even paralyzing. You may feel as if you do not know where to turn or who to ask for help. Fortunately, you have come to the right place to begin your search for answers and a successful resolution to your situation. We have extensive experience assisting thousands of clients facing drunk driving charges, domestic violence charges, and drug charges throughout Rhode Island.


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