After your Bucks County Preliminary Hearing, the case will then be transferred up to the Bucks County Common Pleas Court in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In the Bucks County Common Pleas Court you will have the Arraignment, Motions, and Trial. the first court date assigned in the Court of Common Pleas is your Arraignment date. This is approximately one month after your Preliminary Hearing date.
What happens at your Arraignment?
At your Arraignment, a Court of Common Pleas Judge will read to you all of the charges that the Commonwealth has filed against you in the Information. You are advised of your right to an attorney. You will be advised of your right to a Trial. You will also be required to enter a plea of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’. if you plead not guilty, then a Trial date will be set. if you plead guilty, you may be sentenced immediately or given a future date for sentencing.
This Arraignment hearing can be waived, which means that you do not have to appear. Your Arraignment can only be waived by your attorney after filing a Waiver of Arraignment with the court. Unless this Waiver is properly signed and filed with the Court in advance of your Arraignment date, you are required to appear for this court event. if you do not, a warrant may be issued for your arrest.