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Have You Been Charged With A Crime In Louisville, Kentucky? Here Is How The Arraignment Process Works.

Lady JusticeArraignment is the process whereby a person charged with a crime is advised of his or her criminal charges. Additionally, the person will be advised of his or her constitutional rights. The court will set bond and any accompanying conditions. For example, someone may be released on his or her own recognizance (R.O.R.) but prohibited from contact with the alleged victim or place of violation. Those defendants with some form of suspended or probated sentences may also expect to be served with written notice of the prosecutor's intent to seek revocation of that jail sentence. For those facing felony charges who are not released or do not post bond, the prosecutor must provide a preliminary or probable cause hearing on or before the 10th day after arraignment, excluding weekends and holidays. Those individuals who are charged with a felony and released from jail are entitled to a probable cause hearing within 20 days of their arraignment, again excluding weekends and holidays.

If the person is in custody, his or her arraignment will be held at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections. You will not be permitted inside the secure courtroom; however, the court has set up a room for relatives and interested parties to watch the arraignment on a closed-circuit two-way television system. When your friend or loved one appears before the judge, you may appear at a lectern that has a two-way camera with the judge. The judge may ask you questions regarding the defendant's living arrangements, ties to the community, employment and other information the court may be interested in securing to determine an appropriate bond or conditions for release.

Educating The Judge And Prosecutor About My Client

As an attorney, part of my job is to educate the court by providing accurate information regarding my client's ties to the community, work history, criminal history, risk assessment to self or others, and prior attendance in court, as well as the involvement of family and friends with the defendant. Please call me immediately upon the arrest of a loved one or friend. Judges set bonds about every four hours.

Pretrial/Probable Cause Hearing Date

Those charged with misdemeanors will be given a date to reappear before the appropriate court for subsequent proceedings. While a person cannot be compelled to speak, it is often beneficial to respond to the court's inquiries concerning job status and living arrangements. The court is looking to ensure that the defendant has ties to the community and will return to court. If you were arrested and released, the Probation and Pretrial Services worker will give you information concerning the time and court in which you must appear for arraignment.

If you have been released from jail or merely cited, please wait for me to arraign you in the courtroom you have been assigned. I will be representing several other clients on the same day I represent you. If your name is called by an officer, prosecutor, judge or clerk, please politely inform him or her that I am your attorney and I may be contacted if they have any questions or need to speak to me immediately. No witnesses or police officers are subpoenaed to appear at arraignment, and you will not have to say anything at this hearing. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, local court rules permit an attorney to appear at your arraignment without your presence.

If you are released from jail, the Department of Corrections will provide you with a yellow discharge paper which will inform you of the date, time and location of your arraignment court date. After you are released from jail, immediately call my office at 502-208-5116 and schedule an appointment to see me.

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Benham J. Sims, III, Attorney at Law
600 West Main Street, Suite 300
The 600 Building
Louisville, KY 40202
Daytime: 502-208-5116
After Hours: 502-694-5057
Fax: 502-736-3188
E-mail: bims@thekentuckylawyer.com

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My office is conveniently located on the southwest corner of 6th and Main Street (600 West Main Street). Our office is one block west of the Humana Building and next door to the Bristol restaurant.


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