After arrest, those taken into custody will undergo a series of procedures designed to prepare them for arraignment before a judge. These procedures fall under two headings: initial and Central Booking processing. During initial processing, individuals must provide “pedigree” information (such as their legal name and address), undergo a physical search, and be fingerprinted and photographed. Officers temporarily confiscate personal property found on the individual during the physical search, which they can retrieve later using a voucher that lists their possessions. During Central Booking, individuals wait to meet with the attorney and stand before the judge; an agent from the Criminal Justice Agency may also interview them to advise the judge on bail.
If you are arrested, keep the following in mind:
1. You may resist arrest only if you can provide immediate evidence that proves wrongful arrest. Resistance cannot include violence of any kind.
2. Contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
3. Provide accurate pedigree information.
4. Answer all questions from the Criminal Justice Agency representative honestly to improve your chances for bail. Provide the contact information of someone who can verify the accuracy of your information.
5. Discuss the charges in full with your attorney, as well as your options regarding any offered plea bargains.
6. Remember that police officers may use any statements you made in their presence against you. Refrain from divulging information before speaking to your lawyer.
7. Inform your lawyer if you are a victim of police brutality, unlawful detention, threats, or physical or mental harm. You may be able to collect compensation.
You may contact James Kilduff concerning false arrests or wrongful imprisonment by phone (646-409-2200) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also view his information at jkildufflaw.com.