Your Danbury Criminal Defense Attorney Explains the Initial Appearance

The initial hearing serves to establish whether or not there is sufficient probable cause to charge the defendant. Your Danbury criminal defense attorney can explain this process in more detail.

Initial Hearing

The initial hearing will occur after you have been arrested. At the hearing, the judge will determine whether or not there is enough probable cause to hold you on the charges at hand. Additionally, you are entitled to an explanation and copy of the charges against you. Your legal rights will be explained to you and you will be given the opportunity to be represented by an attorney. This does not mean, though, that your Danbury criminal defense lawyer or the prosecutor will necessarily be present at the initial hearing. The judge will also establish bail and a date for your preliminary hearing.


Unlike the initial hearing, you will be required to enter a plea to the charge at your arraignment appearance. Also, unlike the initial hearing, you will be constitutionally entitled to have your attorney present at the arraignment.

After an Arrest

If you have been arrested, it is extremely important to contact your Danbury criminal defense attorney immediately. Your attorney can explain to you how the upcoming hearing and arraignment will proceed as well as advise you as your case moves forward. Walter Shalvoy can help. Call his offices today at 203-426-4409 for more information.

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