An arraignment in Louisiana is the first court appearance in criminal court in Louisiana. Prior to the arraignment, the prosecutor either filed a bill of information, which is the formal charge, or the grand jury returned a true bill indicting the defendant. The arraignment is then set.
At the arraignment, the judge will read the charge to the defendant. The defendant, usually through counsel, can waive a formal reading of the bill of information or indictment, and enter the plea. The plea must either be guilty, not guilty, or not guilty by reason of insanity.
The case will then be assigned for trial in the case of a misdemeanor or for motions if its a felony charge.
If you have a criminal charge, call Carl Barkemeyer, Criminal Defense Attorney at (225) 964-6720 for a criminal defense attorney.