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Why do I have to come to the Arraignment?
In order to get a Criminal Protection Order you need to be present at the Arraignment. Typically, a hearing is held in order to establish grounds to consider granting the Criminal Protection Order. A hearing must be held allowing the Judge and the defendant's attorney a chance to hear from you what happened and why you want the protection order.

Arraignment is also where the Judge sets bond on the defendant, and the prosecutor needs to know your feelings about the defendant's release.

Guide to Protection orders

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1. What are Protection Orders?
2. Are all Protection Orders the same?
3. Who can get a Criminal Protection Order?
4. How do I get a Criminal Protection Order?
5. Who are considered family and household members?
6. How long does the order last?
7. Can I get a Criminal Protection Order any time?
8. Why do I have to come to the Arraignment?
9. What will happen in Arraignment?
10. What should I do if there is a violation of the Protection Order?