An arraignment date is a time for you to first appear at court and plead guilty or not guilty to the charge that has been brought against you. If you do not appear at the time and place you are ordered, an arrest warrant will immediately be issued by the court, and you will be subjected to arrest and detention after the date of the arraignment. When you appear, you will have 2 options, to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty, you must complete an acknowledgement and waiver of rights. The sentence for your offense can take a variety of paths. You can discuss those with the prosecutor, or plead guilty and discuss them with the Judge at the time of arraignment. If you plead not guilty, your date will be set for trial. At this time, bail may be reviewed. If you are charged with a Class A Misdemeanor or Felony, you may apply for a court appointed attorney by filling out a form at the clerk’s window. In all cases, you can hire your own attorney to defend you.