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.
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.
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 back successfully.
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.