Every criminal case has multiple stages: You have your arraignment, your pretrial conferences, your settlement conferences possibly preliminary hearings motions. Motions in limine and then your trial readiness conferences and possibly trial an arraignment is day one. An arraignment is the first time you walk into court where the government will present their case in form of a complaint to the court and to you. You will then enter in a plea to the judge. You will tell the judge whether you are guilty or not guilty it is the first day of court and your case will start from that moment. You will pick up your evidence, you will pick up your complaint, you will read the charges against you, you will have them your attorney should be accompanying you to arraignment so he can make sure that the process is moving forward perfectly.