The Arraignment Process in New York City
Guidance Through the Arraignment Process in New York
The arraignment process typically occurs within 24 hours of a person's arrest, under state law. The process begins with an attorney (or prosecutor) from the district attorney's office reading the defendant's charges aloud and requesting that bail be set at a certain amount or no bail be set. If no bail is requested, then the defendant will be released on their own recognizance, which means that they are released on the belief that they will return to court on the ordered date.
The bail amount is determined according to the severity of the charges and the defendant's personal circumstances, including:
- Prior criminal history
- Employment ties
- Familial ties
- Community ties
Our 24-Hour New York arraignment attorney can fight to reduce or eliminate the bail amount by arguing that the defendant is not a flight risk, or that the charges are improper in some way. In certain cases, we may even be able to get the entire case dismissed if the criminal complaint filed by the DA is not properly drafted or lacks the correct signatures.
Are You Facing an Arraignment for Criminal Charges?
At H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C., we are intimately familiar with the criminal justice system and have assisted hundreds of individuals in criminal cases that range from misdemeanors to serious felonies. We provide representation throughout every phase of the criminal process and have obtained successful results for many during their arraignments.
If you have been arrested and are facing an arraignment, contact our offices for legal support that may result in your bail being waved, or your case being dismissed outright.