What happens next?
If an arrest has occurred the next process for the offender is to appear before the Judge. This hearing is called an arraignment whereby the offender is given the opportunity to understand what they have been charged with, what the maximum penalties are, and to plead guilty or not guilty to the charges. It is at this hearing that the Judge determines whether to issue a No Contact Order. What happens at this hearing determines if other hearings will follow and whether the offender is released or given a bond. If you, the victim, want to speak to the Judge regarding your wishes about the issuance of the No Contact Order, you must attend this hearing. However, this appearance does not guarantee that a No Contact Order will not be issued.

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