You must come in contact with Bronx Police officers from the NYC Police Department to signify the start of a criminal case. This contact can be through a phone call, a stop at a roadblock, a visit to your residence where you may be presented with an arrest warrant, or after you are accused of a crime by someone else.
How should You React after Police Contact?
The first thing you should do call an attorney. Few situations won’t require legal assistance, a criminal case not among them. Never assume why the police are contacting you if you aren’t sure of the cause of contact. Don’t handle the police without an attorney because you might end up saying something that will incriminate you later on.
Contacting the police through an attorney helps you understand why the police contacted you in the first place without putting yourself at risk of being misunderstood. The first contact with police is usually a preliminary visit, with the police looking for more evidence to build a case. The police approach you with the hope that you might incriminate yourself. The criminal department in NYC has some sneaky tricks and they will try to get a statement from you. Don’t wait till you have blubbered, call 646-256-1007, and consult Jason Steinberger to understand the step to take next, and the options you have.
What if You are Arrested?
An arrest by the police involves handcuffing you, with the next stop being the police precinct. The process is the same whether you are suspected of a felony or a misdemeanor – the police will take several arrest photos and have your fingerprints recorded.
What does a Misdemeanor Charge Involve?
When your charge is determined to be a misdemeanor, there are likely outcomes you expect. These are:
- A Desk Appearance Ticket – otherwise abbreviated DAT, this is a sheet of paper showing your arrest charge and the date you are supposed to be arraigned back in court.
- A Bronx Central Booking process – this is considered if you don’t qualify for a DAT. The police will take you to the Bronx Central Booking situated at 215 East 161 Street. This is where you get arraigned in court in front of a Criminal Court judge.
What Happens when it is Considered a Felony?
The way you are handled if you are suspected of a felony is slightly different from what happens during a misdemeanor. Forget about the chances of a DAT in Nassau County unless you are being charged with a class E felony. If you are eligible for a DAT, you can walk out of the precinct after your photos have been taken, and your fingerprints recorded. The arresting officers will set a date when you are supposed to be arraigned in a court of law.
If the charge is determined to be a class D felony or higher, you will end up at the Bronx Central Booking located at 215 East 161 Street awaiting arraignment before the Criminal Court judge.
What Happens during an Arraignment?
The term arraignment means you get formally charged before the District Attorney’s Office in Bronx for the charge brought against you. You need to be with your lawyer when this happens. There are two things that will happen during the arraignment process. First, the court will take it upon itself to read out the criminal charges that have been brought against you. These are the charges that led to your arrest at first.
Second, the court will hold a bail hearing for your charges. This means the judge will consider your risk of being free as the case progresses. This part is a bit tricky because the District Attorney will try to argue why the court should set bail before you are released
You need the services of an attorney that has handled criminal cases for a long time successfully. Bronx Criminal Defense Attorney Jason Steinberger has a positive record of accomplishment arguing bail applications. This attorney understands what the court needs to hear in order for you to be released without bail. The number to call is 646-256-1007.