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Blog April 22, 2014

What Is Arraignment?

Arraignment is the term for a formal court proceeding during which a defendant is notified of the charges against her and asked to enter a plea of  “guilty” or “not guilty,” or, in some circumstances “nolo contendere” or “not guilty by reason of insanity.”  For example, if you were stopped and issued a traffic ticket, or […]

Blog June 25, 2013

Do I Need a Lawyer?

The most common question I hear is, “Do I need a lawyer?”  Or, sometimes the question is phrased, “Do I really need a lawyer?”  To understand the answer to that question, one should understand exactly what a lawyer is.  The American Bar Association defines a lawyer (also called attorney, counsel, counselor, barrister, or solicitor) as […]