The arrest process in New York City can be a daunting one. Based on only an accusation, anyone arrested and taken to a precinct is looking at a 12 to 24-hour booking process. Having an experience Manhattan criminal defense attorney on your side can expedite this process. From the moment our attorneys are retained, we contact the police and stop any interrogation. We put in a notice of appearance at the court and regularly keep in contact with the court’s arraignment party to monitor when a case is court ready. If you do not have a lawyer, you will most likely have to sit in a holding cell, waiting in line to have your case called. Let our New York City criminal defense attorneys protect you.
Exercise your right to call a criminal lawyer. Remember, you also have the right to access your criminal attorney as a counsel throughout the entire process.
Our team will help get your case called as soon as it is ready for criminal court. We have gotten numerous clients out of police custody without bail, even on felony charges. On serious charges, we work closely with bail bondsmen to make sure that our clients don’t spend any more time in jail than is absolutely necessary. In many cases, by having a bail bondsman hired prior to the arraignment, we have kept several clients from going to Rikers Island, the Manhattan House of Detention, and the Barge.
An arraignment is a formal announcement of a defendant's criminal charges. If your loved one has been arrested for a felony in New York City or Westchester, it can be beneficial to have a criminal defense attorney present at the arraignment. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys know how to make arguments which will convince a Judge that your loved one is not a flight risk and does not require a high bail. After a judge has informed you of the charges and you have entered a plea, one of our criminal defense attorneys will explain to the judge why you should be released or try to convince the judge that your bail should be lowered.
The judge will then deliver his or her ruling, which may include:
- An immediate release with a promise to return for your trial
- A dismissal of your case
- A misdemeanor charge, which will require you to serve jail time, probation, or another rehabilitative program
- A release on bail
- Jail without bail
*According to City and State New York
The arraignment parts in New York City run every day and through the night. If your family member was arrested and is waiting for arraignment, call us. Our Manhattan criminal defense lawyers know the process and how to get your loved one through it.
Wait for Trial
Depending on the judge's ruling, you will wait for your court date at home or within a jail. Both Discovery and Motions and Hearings take place in the time leading up to your trial. During discovery, our criminal defense team will receive information related to the case. As criminal defense attorneys, we are responsible for filing motions to suppress any evidence that was brought forward illegally.
Trials are a lengthy and complex process. It is usually broken down into several steps: a jury will be selected, both sides will read their opening statements, the prosecutors will present their evidence, we will present our evidence, and both sides will provide their closing arguments before the jury is left to deliberate. To win a criminal trial requires extensive preparation. Our New York City and Westchester criminal defense lawyers have an excellent record of wining not guilty verdicts at trial. We work hard to fight the case and present evidence of innocence. Our attorneys are relentless advocates who go the extra mile to expose baseless criminal prosecutions.
If your case goes to rial, you need a knowledgeable criminal lawyer on your side. Choosing the wrong lawyer to represent you in trial can have devastating consequences.
If a sentence is not reached with a plea deal, the sentence will ultimately be up to the judge. Our criminal defense lawyers will present a information to the Court that highlights your redeeming qualities and contributions while taking attention away from your conviction. By shining a positive light on you as a person and not as a criminal, we can encourage the judge to issue a lighter sentence.
If you are convicted, you also have the right to appeal your case. Like a trial, the appeals process requires you to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side. If you need to appeal your case, the criminal defense team at the Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC will be by your side through every step of the process.