Posted on Jul 11, 2020
Sharifov & Associates, PLLC
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU ARE ARRESTED. After an arrest, you will appear before a judge within 24 hours. You will be provided with a paper copy of the charges. An arraignment can be the end or the beginning of your case, which is why legal representation is critical at this early stage. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor, the prosecutor may offer you a plea to the reduced charge. If you consent and the judge approves the plea, the case may get resolved. This usually happens with a low-level first offense. Sometimes the judge may also dismiss your case. If there is no resolution, the Judge will listen to the bail arguments from both prosecutor and the defense and will decide the bail amount, release the defendant on his own recognizance (“ROR”), or, in some serious matters may remand the defendant without bail. It is essential to have an experienced defense attorney familiar with local customs and practices to make the most compelling bail argument for the defendant. Also, the Court may issue an order of protection against the defendant. An absolute majority of the criminal cases do not go to trial because they are resolved through a plea bargain. A plea bargain may result in a better outcome for a defendant where the evidence may not be in their favor or they have a criminal record for similar crimes. However, if you choose to try your case, an experienced attorney from our firm will advocate strongly on your behalf from the beginning to the end.