If you or a loved one has been arrested and accused of committing a crime
in New York City, the first thing you need to do is obtain legal counsel
from a skilled criminal defense attorney. We strongly recommend you do
this prior to your
arraignment, in which formal charges are filed. State law requires that a defendant
be arraigned within 24 hours of his or her arrest. As your arraignment
is commonly the first court appearance and is where the charges against
you will be read, as well as the point at which you will be asked to make
a plea, it is in your best interests to ensure that have an attorney present.
A criminal defense attorney from our firm will sit down with you prior
to your arraignment to review the charges against you, answer any questions
you may have, advise you on how to proceed and help you with every detail
of the arraignment. No evidence will be presented during arraignment,
but any delay in retaining legal representation could have a potentially
disastrous impact on your immediate freedom. Without having an attorney
present at arraignment, at which point bail may also be set, you may be
unable to return home, and remain in custody if the bail is too high.
Our firm will fight hard to see that your rights are protected and that
you are not subjected to an unreasonable amount of bail, or unjustly held
rather than being released to your home and family during the course of
your trial. We will do everything possible to see that you are either
released on your own recognizance or released on bail. Your plea, if guilty,
cannot be altered, whereas if you plead not guilty, you may have better options.
At H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C., we know how frightening and
confusing the justice system is to the accused, particularly to individuals
who are facing first time charges, or are accused of a serious felony
offense. The NYC criminal lawyers at our firm have more than 20 years
combined experience defending the rights of individuals accused of a range
of crimes in New York City. We are dedicated to protecting our clients'
rights and we work diligently to give our clients the best chance to fight
Contact our firm at once so that we can help you through the process, including representing
you at the arraignment. Your freedom could depend upon it.