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If you are scheduled to attend your arraignment hearing, you may be feeling anxious and confused about what you need to do and say in court. First, know that an Arraignment will be scheduled regardless of the crime committed. The defendant in a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or Gun Crime (possession of a weapon), a Drug Crime (Possession of a Controlled Substance) or Sex Crime will be required to attend an arraignment hearing. It is highly advisable to secure the services of a Suffolk County Criminal Arraignment Lawyer well in advance of your hearing. They will be able to counsel you and give you guidance as to what is ahead, as well as represent you in court, and craft a defense strategy for you. Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has locations throughout the New York area (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, including Suffolk County and Nassau County.
Once you have been arrested and booked, or if you receive a Suffolk County Desk Appearance Ticket (also called a DAT), you will be notified as the details of your arraignment hearing. Note that attendance at this hearing is not optional and a bench warrant could be issued by the judge for your arrest. Your Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer will advise you that the Suffolk County Criminal Court is located in the Coholan Court Complex, at 400 Carleton Avenue, in Central Islip, NY. Arraignments are held every day of the year here, in Courtroom D-11, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
In the Criminal Court system, a defendant is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. After your Suffolk Criminal Arraignment Lawyer enters your "not guilty" plea, the judge will be making some important decisions regarding your case. The primary purpose of your hearing is to determine whether the judge will release you (known as "ROR") or whether a bail amount will be set. The judge has a lot of latitude in deciding this, which is another reason it is important to have an advocate with you in court. The judge will weigh various factors such as the severity of the crime you are accused of, and if you already have a criminal record. Your ties to the community will be important as well (property ownership, family relations in the area and employment history). If the judge decides that bail is warranted, your New York Criminal Lawyer will have the task of convincing the judge if not to release you on your own recognizance, to order the lowest bail amount feasible.
The arraignment hearing is usually just the beginning. Securing the assistance and counsel of an experienced Suffolk County Criminal Arraignment Lawyer is crucial to ensure that your case proceeds smoothly forward and that you are protected every step of the way. Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC will offer you a free consultation and support when you call 800.696.9529. Regardless of the type of charge be it a Domestic Violence case a complex financial White collar crime or Suffolk County Traffic Ticket for speeding, we have an office conveniently located near you, from Suffolk County to Manhattan from Queens to Westchester County.