Arraignment is the first time an arrested individual will find him or herself facing a judge in connection with the charges. For many, this is the first time they have ever been in a courtroom and it usually comes after spending several hours in a police station being questioned by officers. The arraignment is the time when a defendant will officially enter a not guilty plea and the judge will determine whether or not to set bail on the defendant to insure his or her return to court on future dates. Matera & Elbert, LLP has provided critical legal services to a substantial number of people facing arraignments in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The judge will consider several factors in determining whether or not to set bail. These factors include but are not limited to, a defendant’s ties to the community, the severity of the charges, any prior criminal history, any prior failures to appear in court and whether or not the defendant is a resident of the county in which the case is pending or one nearby.
For all of these reasons, it is extremely important that you have competent counsel by your side to effectively advocate on your behalf. This should be done at the arraignment as although it is possible to make a bail application at a future court date, it becomes much more difficult absent a clear change of circumstances.
It is always better to fight a case from the outside of a jail cell and the best way to make sure that happens is to be represented by counsel. Our office has conducted hundreds of arraignments in Long Island and have the skills to successfully guide you through this process.
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