Clark County prosecutors have brought charges against socialite Paris Hilton's boyfriend. They allege that last August on the Strip he was driving under the influence of pot. His arraignment in Las Vegas is scheduled for February 17.
An arraignment in Las Vegas is one of the first court proceedings in a criminal case. Criminal charges are formally brought against the defendant. And the defendant enters a plea of guilty or not guilty.
An arraignment in Las Vegas typically lasts for only a couple of minutes. They may occur several weeks after the initial arrest, unless the defendant is in custody at which point it must occur within two days. In most cases a lawyer can appear on behalf of the defendant in an arraignment without the defendant being there.
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