24 Hour Arraignments in New York City

Handling Your Arraignment in Criminal Court

When a person is arrested for a criminal offense, they will be brought before a judge within 24 hours for an arraignment. At the arraignment, a prosecutor from the district attorney's office will announce the charges. The judge will then decide whether the person should be released until the case is concluded, or kept in jail until it has been resolved.

A person can be released from jail in two different ways, by posting bail or on their own recognizance. If a person is released on their own recognizance, they are expected to appear at their next court date. A judge will set a bail amount to ensure the person returns to court after their release. The bail amount is determined by several factors, including:

  • The type of criminal charges
  • The defendant's prior criminal record
  • Any history of failing to appear in court
  • Current address
  • Current employment
  • Family and community ties

In addition to reading the charges against the defendant, the prosecution will also present the facts surrounding the arrest. In situations where the prosecution requests that the court keep the defendant in jail, a New York arraignment attorney can challenge the prosecution's case and seek the release of their client. An arraignment lawyer can also argue for reduced bail amounts.

New York Arraignment Lawyer

H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. is an experienced criminal defense firm that has successfully represented many clients at their arraignment. We will aggressively attack the prosecution's charges, and present the defendant's good qualities in court. H. Benjamin Perez is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association, Federal Bar Council and the Dominican Bar Association. Our firm provides capable representation at arraignment hearings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact a 24-hour New York criminal attorneyfor prompt legal assistance and representation at an arraignment.