At the time of arrest, individuals must decide if a law has been broken, what law has been broken and whether to arrest, detain or ticket the suspect. The decision makers and stakeholders include the law enforcement officer, their chain of command, prosecutor, sheriff, chief of police, mayor, arrestee and victim.
Local lockups may be used, particularly in urban centers as a temporary detention facility. At the time of arrest, the key decision is to determine whether local authorities should detain or release an arrestee in preparation for court proceedings. Decision makers and stakeholders include the law enforcement officer, their chain of command, prosecutor, sheriff, chief of police, arrestee and victim.
Arraignment is a criminal proceeding when the defendant is officially called before a court of competent jurisdiction, informed of the offense charged in the complaint, information, indictment or other charging document and asked to enter a plea.
The judge makes a decision during the time of arraignment. This decision includes: