I’ve Just Been Arrested!
Understanding the criminal justice system in New York State
A few of our clients have been arrested more than once, but for most who seek our services this is their first arrest and first exposure to the New York criminal justice system.
What could be more harrowing than a criminal arrest? When the police put the handcuffs on, you enter a new and frightening world where the criminal charge against you will be perhaps the most significant event in your life. Your criminal case will affect your status, your relationships, your life, your liberty. Even a minor arrest could affect your reputation, your status among your friends and peers, and perhaps the job you hold. Few events in our lives can be more important, and few are so little understood, than a criminal arrest and its significance.
We all, of course, see police shows on television and in movie theaters, and we all have some rudimentary understanding of how the process works. But the reality is infinitely more complex that that portrayed on TV, and it would be dangerous to expect your arrest and subsequent criminal case to unfold as you’ve seen in a movie.
What follows is a brief synopsis of a typical felony proceeding in New York State court. While it is no substitute for the legal advice of an experienced criminal trial attorney, these articles should help explain the process and — by understanding it — help to alleviate your anxieties.
- You Haven’t Been Arrested . . . Yet
- Legal Fees
- Your Relationship with Your Lawyer
- Let Your Lawyer Work
- Search and Seizure
- Your First Court Appearance
- Central Booking
- After Arraignment
- The Grand Jury
- Supreme Court Arraignment
- Calendar Calls and Appearances
- Plea Bargains
- Pre-Trial Hearings
- Post-Trial Motions