When to Call an Attorney

Representation in Criminal Cases in New York City

When a family member or loved one has been arrested for a misdemeanor, felony or federal offense, a qualified lawyer should be contacted immediately to begin work on the case. This includes representation at the defendant's arraignment. An arraignment takes place within 24 hours after an arrest, so contacting an attorney at once is essential.

During the arraignment, the prosecution will read the charges against the defendant. A judge will then decide if the defendant should be released or remain in jail until their case has been resolved. A person can be released on their own recognizance (ROR) or by posting bail as determined by the court. When deciding if bail should be set, the judge will consider:

  • The defendant's prior criminal record
  • The nature of the charges
  • Any failures to appear in court
  • Family and community ties
  • Current address and employment

The court expects a person released on their own recognizance to return for their next court date. If the defendant does not appear, a bench warrant will usually be issued for their arrest. In situations where a bail amount is set, the money must be paid before the person is released. A New York arraignment lawyer from H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. can explain the arraignment process in more detail. An attorney from the firm can also provide effective representation at the arraignment hearing. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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A knowledgeable arraignment lawyer can fight to keep bail to a minimum, as well as provide information about the defendant that could result in a ROR. An arraignment is an important first step in the criminal case and can have an impact on the outcome of future legal proceedings. Our firm has many years of experience at arraignment hearings, and will vigorously protect your rights and freedom. H. Benjamin Perez is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Federal Bar Council and the Dominican Bar Association.

Contact a New York arraignment attorney for prompt and efficient legal representation at an arraignment hearing.