The criminal process can be complex and overwhelming, with many steps and opportunities for the police and prosecutors to take advantage of your inexperience with the criminal justice system. Arraignments are just one part of the process where you can benefit from the assistance of a seasoned New York City criminal defense attorney.
My approach to criminal defense work gives me an advantage over other attorneys. I view my clients as part of the team, and I listen carefully to their stories and their goals for their case. By working collaboratively with my clients, I can achieve the best possible results by developing good factual and legal defenses to the charges and finding solutions that meet my clients’ needs. I have a proven track record of success in more than twenty years of New York criminal defense work.
What Is An Arraignment?
An arraignment is a formal process where a person is charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime in court. In most cases, a defendant will have to appear in court to be arraigned.
Arraignments typically happen within 18 to 24 hours after arrest in New York City. This means that if you’re being arraigned, you've likely spent the past day in police custody. At your arraignment, you've the right to be represented by a lawyer.
During the arraignment, the judge will inform you of the charges against you and give you a copy of the complaint or indictment. You can enter a plea of guilty or not guilty at this stage, and the judge will decide whether or not to set bail. Bail is an amount of money that must be deposited with the court to secure your freedom in certain cases. The judge has two options: either release you on your own recognizance (no bail) or setting bail. If the judge chooses to set bail, which most often happens in more serious or violent crimes, then you'll have to meet the bail requirements in order to be released. This may be through cash, bail bond or even credit card in some cases. Once you post bail, you’ll be free until the case is resolved unless you violate the terms of your release.