NYC Arrest Lawyers
In case you or your beloved is arrested or facing an arrest, the experience can be bewildering and frightening. The arrest may have happened unexpectedly (wrong time and wrong place), perhaps you were stopped by the police for a traffic ticket or violent felony, or it was due to a bench warrant. After you have been arrested, the next step is determining the course of action you should take legally to ensure you protect your rights. Note that, as far as the court is concerned, you are innocent until you are declared guilty. The first step towards winning your case is contacting our arrest lawyers at Spodek Law Group for advice and consultation.
Probably you are dealing with a criminal court problem for a small theft crime, assault, a DWI, or other misdemeanors. You could have been arrested due to a felony sex crime (for instance child pornography and rape) or a white collar crime (security fraud and bank fraud) and end up in federal court.
Although being arrested is never a pleasant experience, getting arrested due to police mistake or misconduct is worse. Such errors are often committed by law enforcement and police who believe that they have acquired enough evidence to make the arrest. In other cases, people can be arrested with no notification. This is known as false arrests and it happens only when there is a mistake or misconduct. False arrests also happen when:
• A bounty hunter pursues and detains you illegally
• A person makes a false accusation against you causing the police to arrest you
• You are held by a security guard against your will. For instance, you could be accused of shoplifting and the store security detains you illegally
What to expect
Once arrested, the law enforcers will handcuff you and take you to a local precinct. You will then be asked to offer your identification information like your name and address. The next step will be photographing and fingerprinting. Unless a desk appearance ticket was issued, the police will hold you in custody and await the arraignment date. Most people think that desk appearance tickets are not serious like formal arrests. However, this isn’t the case and it’s essential to take the issue seriously. You must appear in court at the exact time and date that’s specified on the ticket. Failure to do this often results in the judge handing out a bench warrant to prompt your arrest.
The arraignment hearing
The charges filed against you will be stated at your arraignment including your legal rights. It is essential to have an arrest lawyer present at this time since you will need to enter a plea of guilty/not guilty. However, you won’t have the chance to inform the judge about the case details.
The essential aspect of your hearing will likely revolve around setting bail. Depending on the kind of charges brought against you, the district attorney may argue that you shouldn’t be released from custody or even recommend a high bail amount. It is the responsibility of your attorney to convince the judge to release you on your recognizance, without bail. The judge will then look at the charges and check if you pose any threat. He or she will also check your ties to the community, your family ties or if you are employed.
In case you are arrested, be sure to contact Spodek Law Group and you will get all the support you require from our team. Our arrest lawyers will offer undivided attention and sound legal guidance to help you win your case.