Legal Question in Criminal Law in Michigan

My arraignment date for shopplifting is on the 19th when I say not guilty would they try to make me sit in jail till my trial date or let me go home till my trial?

Asked on 6/04/13, 8:31 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Christopher Brown Brown & Associates, Legal Services, PLLC

The judge must set a reasonable bond. There is no "making you sit in jail" where the offense is a relatively minor property crime (retail fraud). In setting bond the court will look to many factors such as: your ties to the community, employment record, prior failure to appear in other matters, prior criminal history, and prior substance abuse to name a few.

If you need more information contact me and I will give more specific advice once I get all the facts in your particular case. In most if not all misdemeanor cases you may waive formal arraignment through your attorney and set a pretrial date. This depends on the court you are in.

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Answered on 6/04/13, 8:54 am

Charles Kronzek Kronzek & Cronkright P.L.L.C.

You should have an experienced attorney with you EVERY time you set foot in a courtroom facing criminal charges. Going in alone is silly. Read more at:

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Answered on 6/04/13, 9:01 am

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