Will the police officer who arrested me be at my arraignment?

Published by Jessica Burke on

It is very unlikely that the Vermont law enforcement officer who arrested you will be present at your arraignment. After you charged or cited to court for a criminal offense the State’s Attorneys Office in the county the incident is alleged to have occurred in takes over the prosecution of your criminal case. Therefore, there is no need for law enforcement to be present at your arraignment.

An arraignment, like most proceedings in Vermont criminal court, is open to the public. An arresting officer could be present at the arraignment since it is a public hearing, but there is no requirement that he or she be present. Typically, arresting officers do not appear Vermont arraignments.

Jessica Burke

Jessica Burke is a licensed Vermont attorney and the founder of Burke Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Boston College in Political Science, and then received her law degree from Washington & Lee Law School. After law school she worked with several top law firms before settling in Vermont and building her own practice. In addition to being licensed to practice law in the state of Vermont, she also holds a State Bar certification in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, among others. She specializes in criminal defense, including DUI defense, homicides, and sex crimes.

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