What To Expect At Arraignment?

If you’ve been arrested and receive a notice of arraignment, it’s important to know what to expect at arraignment so you are well prepared. Watch this video by dedicated Long Island criminal defense attorney Michaelangelo Matera to learn more about the arraignment process so you can be fully prepared on what to expect.


Throughout New York State, different courthouses have handled plea bargaining and plea negotiations during the time of arraignment very differently. Here at our firm, we’ve handled cases from the two counties on Long Island all the way to upstate New York. And it’s important to understand that distinction that every courthouse is a little bit different. Whereas on Long Island, they’re not as quick to enter into plea negotiations at the time of arraignment, in the five boroughs, they’re much more likely to enter into plea negotiations and possibly even resolve a case at the time of arraignment under certain circumstances.

So it is certainly possible to resolve the case at arraignment and for that reason, it is also extremely important to have an attorney as most prosecutors are not going to be willing to speak under normal circumstances to an individual charged with a crime about the possibility of a plea bargain right then and there.

Are you unsure about what to expect at arraignment? Having an experienced attorney by your side during the arraignment process can significantly improve your chances of getting better conditions of release imposed by the court.

When people are facing difficult legal situations what matters is results. At The Matera Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience helping people when they need it most. That commitment has allowed us to generate a record of success and positive results against criminal charges.

If you or someone you love is in need of an experienced criminal defense attorney to advocate on their behalf during an arraignment, contact us today for a free confidential consultation. We proudly serve Suffolk County, Nassau County, Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and throughout New York State.

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