In Philadelphia police took a 22-year-old male into custody on a recent Monday morning. The officers said that the man did not resist in any way when they made the arrest. The man is a suspect in a shooting that occurred in November.
An 18-year-old male was fatally shot not long after midnight, in late November, at a Kutztown apartment complex. The Pennsylvania man who was recently arrested in connection with the fatality is facing numerous charges, including first and third-degree murder, as well as endangering another person and aggravated assault. As with any criminal case, the defendant will be provided the opportunity to refute the charges in court.
Arraignment comes next
After someone is arrested and charged with murder, an arraignment takes place. During these proceedings, a judge formally states the charges against a defendant and informs the defendant of his or her rights. Bail is sometimes set at arraignment as well, and the defendant may be asked to enter a plea.
Legal proceedings, such as an arraignment, can be quite stressful, especially if the accused has never faced criminal charges before. To alleviate stress and to obtain guidance as to what type of plea might be recommended in a particular set of circumstances, many individuals consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney before heading to court. The lawyer can remain on hand to provide support until a case is fully adjudicated.