You become involved in a criminal case in Queens, New York, when there is contact between you and the Queens Police Department. The contact can occur in different ways. A police officer may contact you by telephone or appear at your home with or without an arrest warrant. You may be stopped by a police officer when you are on the street or in your car. You may also be contacted by police shortly after an accuser alleges that you have committed a crime.
What Should I Do If Police Contact Me?
The first thing you should do after any contact with police in Queen is to call a lawyer immediately. There are very few situations in which you alone can resolve being wanted by police without an attorney. You may have some vague notion about why you have been stopped or contacted, but when it comes to police matters, it is never wise to assume. On your own, you may inadvertently make a statement that may later hurt your case. An experienced lawyer can determine the extent of police interest in you without any initial involvement on your part. In many situations, the police will have little evidence to support your involvement in a crime, but you will be questioned largely in the hope that you will make an incriminating statement. An experienced criminal lawyer is familiar with police methods that are intended to elicit a statement from you, and you need such a lawyer on your side. If you are involved with the police in Queens, call criminal lawyer Jason Steinberger at 646-256-1007 and find out how you may possibly end the police investigation without your arrest.
What Follows an Arrest in Queens?
After police arrest you for a suspected crime in Queens, you will be put in handcuffs and taken to the police precinct. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, both an arrest photograph and your fingerprints will be taken.
Charged with a Misdemeanor?
If you are charged with a misdemeanor in Queens, you may receive a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) or you will go through the Queens Central Booking process. You will be released with a written statement of your arrest charge, including the return date for your arraignment in court. If you are not eligible for a DAT, you will be held at the Queens Detention Facility until your arraignment date. At the stated time, you will be taken by bus to the Queens Criminal Court at 125-01 Queens Blvd. Your arraignment will take place before a Criminal Court judge.
Charged with a Felony?
If you are charged with a felony in Queens, you are not likely to be eligible for a DAT unless your highest charge is only a class E felony. If you receive a DAT, your case will be handled much like misdemeanor. If you are charged with a class D felony or higher, you will go to the Queens Detention Facility at Criminal Court to wait for the arraignment date before a Criminal Court judge.
The Arraignment Process
At the arraignment, you will appear before a Criminal Court judge with your lawyer present. The arraignment has two important processes. First, you will be formally advised of all the criminal charges pending against you. Then you will have a bail hearing, which discusses the court’s consideration of the risk taken in having you released on your own recognizance. The district attorney will argue as to why bail should be set. As your lawyer, Jason Steinberger will use his experience in arguing thousands of bail application cases and is well aware of what the court needs to hear in order to have you released without bail. Call or contact Jason Steinberger at 646-256-1007 if you need an experienced Queens, New York criminal lawyer.