An arraignment is a court proceeding at the beginning of the criminal process. At an arraignment, the court will advise you of:
- your rights,
- the charges being brought against you, and
- the penalties you will face if you plead guilty or are found guilty of the charges.
Under MCR 6.610(D)(4), a waiver of an arraignment requires a written statement signed by the defendant (and any defense counsel of record). The written statement must also include:
- General nature of the charges,
- Maximum possible sentence,
- Rights of defendant at an arraignment, and
- the plea to be entered.
Note: A signed and dated Advice of Rights form must accompany the written statement.