Frequently Asked Questions about criminal charges What is the difference between an arrest and a conviction? What is an arraignment? The Police want to talk to me, should I hire an attorney now or wait and see if I’m charged? If I’m arrested will I be able to return home? What is bail and where can I get bail money? What’s the difference between a violation, a misdemeanor and a felony? What’s an order of protection? Can I write a letter to the prosecutor and the judge explaining my side of the story? What’s the difference between an indictment, a felony hearing and an SCI? How long will my criminal case last?