What happens at an arraignment?

An arraignment is a court hearing at which the defendant is informed of the charges against him or her and a bail determination is made. In New York City, this usually happens within 24 hours of the person’s arrest. In Nassau and Suffolk counties, arrest processing often takes only two hours and a defendant may be arraigned the day of their arrest or the next morning.

It is very important to have an attorney representing you at the arraignment, because the crucial matter of bail is determined at that time. An attorney can make the argument for low or no bail, which could make the difference between waiting for trial in jail or outside.

In addition, the arraignment is an opportunity for your attorney to gain information and take action on your case. In certain situations, charges may even be dropped at the arraignment if a defense attorney is able to point out weaknesses in the case to the prosecutor.

If you or a loved one have been arrested, call Brill Legal Group for a free initial consultation.

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