New York City Arraignment Lawyers

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Why Hire A NY Criminal Attorney?

1. The moment we are going to assert our clients right to remain silent and not to be subject to any interrogation.

2. We are going to assert our client’s right for us to be present at any line ups to guarantee that are clients are not placed or dressed in a manner so that they stand out.

3. We are going to expedite the arrest to arraignment process for our clients. We are going to make sure that they see the arraignment Judge as soon as possible.

4. We are going to interview our client as soon as possible and make sure that we have solidified our arguments for the arraignment so that we can have you released with no bail.

5. We are going to immediately interview any witnesses and photograph evidence of any injuries.

6. We are going to work hand in hand with your family, and a bail bondsman if necessary so that you have sufficient funds to bail your loved one out from court and not be transferred to Rikers Island. We are with you until your loved one is released.

7.  In Felony cases, we are going to analyze whether it is prudent for you to testify at the grand jury and if there are any witnesses we want to bring to the grand jurors attention. This is a decision that will have to be made at the criminal court arraignment.

8. We are going to thoroughly analyze our clients RAP sheet, and understand any prior arrests, conviction and bench warrants. This way we can present our client in the best possible light before the arraignment judge.

9. We are going to confirm the details of the CJA interview, and make sure that before we see the Judge any factor that is against you is corrected.

10. We are going to be there for you from the moment we are hired, until the case is resolved. For over 36 years, the criminal lawyers at Spodek Law Group P.C. have been helping people navigate successfully the criminal justice system.

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Arrest to Arraignment Process

Although the penal law and criminal procedure law in New York State is uniform each county has it’s own unique procedures. There are both formal procedures, and informal procedures. The criminal lawyers at Spodek Law Group P.C. have been representing individuals in the criminal courts of New York City  for over 36 years. This article will walk you through the arrest to arraignment process in New York City

Often times a NYPD police officer will make an arrest based on the observation of criminal conduct. In this scenario, the police officer has basically two options as to how to process the new arrest. Unfortunately, both options involve the individual being brought to the NYPD station for processing. The first option is for the NYPD to process the individual and then bring them directly to central booking for arraignment. The second option is for the NYPD police officer to issue a desk appearance ticket.

At the NYPD precinct, an individual will generally be placed in a holding cell with other prisoners who are going through the same process. It is at this critical juncture, that you want your NY criminal lawyer to be in touch with the assigned detective or arresting officer. A NY criminal attorney will immediately assert your right to remain silent, and demand that he or she be present for any line up procedures.

It is also at the initial precinct, in which a criminal lawyer or a family member or friend  can obtain the arrest number. The arrest number is the unique number which is used the track someone through the criminal justice system.

NYC Arrest Numbers

The arrest number will correspond with the borough in which the individual was arrested in.

Manhattan Arrest Numbers starts with a M, and will be in this format: M123456
Brooklyn Arrest Numbers start with a K (for King’s County) and will be in this format: K123456
Bronx Arrest Numbers start with a B and will be in this format: B123456
Staten Island Arrest Numbers start with a R (for Richmond County) and will be in this format: R123456
Queens Arrest Numbers start with Q and will be in this format: Q123456

The initial arrest is the first in a series of events prior to the arraignment. From the moment an individual is arrested, until the moment they are arraigned the process usually takes 24 hours. Depending on certain factors, the arraignment can be expedited to a shorter period. However, it can also be greater than 24 hours.

 Arrest Processing

Once at the NYPD precinct, the Police Officer must start the arrest processing. This is the taking of the individuals fingerprints and photographs as well as obtaining the individuals personal information. The personal information is referred to as the pedigree information. That is usually the name, date of birth, home address for an individual. The next step is the litany of mandatory police paperwork that needs to be filled out for each new arrest.

Early Case Assessment Bureau (“ECAB”)

Once the arresting police officer has finished filling out all of the necessary paperwork, he or she will then send the file to the local district attorneys officer for arraignment processing. Each borough in New York, has their own district attorneys office and central booking. At each district attorneys office is the early case assessment bureau which is where new cases are filed. Once the Police file is filed with ECAB, an assigned district attorney will review the file to determine whether criminal charges will be brought (if so, what charges) or whether the district attorney’s office will decline to prosecute the case. This is commonly referred to as DP’ing the case.

If the district attorney’s office decides to take the criminal case, they will need to prepare various paperwork for the arraignment. This will include the criminal complaint, the RAP (record of arrests and prosecution) sheet, statement notice, identification notice, grand jury notice, wiggins letter, orders of protection, various waivers and other legal forms. In certain counties, the district attorneys office will assemble the full file in others they will transfer it to the Police Department’s room where the defendants RAP sheet will be and the file will be assembled there. Once this is completed, the file will be transferred to the arraignment clerks office.

This a critical step in the arrest to arraignment process because once the file reaches out the arraignment clerk’s office is assigned a docket number. A docket number identifies the case as being on the courts criminal calendar for arraignments. The docket number will start with the year and the county abbreviations. This is also when the clerk’s office notifies central booking to move the inmate upstairs to the pens adjacent to the arraignment court. At this point, the defendant will have an opportunity to speak to his or her criminal lawyer. The sooner a criminal lawyer has the chance to interview his or her client, the sooner he will be prepared to make a compelling argument to the judge why the client should be released on his her own recognizance without any bail. Think about it, a public defendant starts working on the case moments before the arraignment. Whereas, a private criminal lawyer has a chance to start working on the case moments after the arrest. By the time the arraignment comes along, the lawyer can be well prepared for smooth arraignment.

Criminal Justice Agency (“CJA”) Interview

At some point once a defendant is at central booking they will be interviewed by the CJA regarding their ties to the community. The purpose of this interview is to provide the arraignment Judge with a neutral understanding of the defendant ties to the community.

The CJA representative will need to answer the following eight questions:

  1. Has the defendant lived at their current address for 1.5 years or more?
  2. Do the defendant live with a parent, spouse, common law spouse of six months, grandparent or legal guardian?
  3. Does the defendant have a working telephone in the residence or cell phone?
  4. Does the defendant report a NYC working address?
  5. Is the defendant employed, or in school or training program, full time?
  6. Does the defendant expect someone at arraignment?
  7. Does prior warrant equal zero?
  8. Does open cases equal zero?

Criminal Court Arraignment

In the arraignment courtroom, there are few critical players. There are the court officers, the district attorneys office, the Judge, and the criminal defense lawyer. Everyone has a specific role to play and specific duties to accomplish. Once the case is ready to be called, the bridge officer who is the court officer who stands between the arraignment Judge and the area in which the defendant, assistant district attorney and the defense attorney stands hands the file to the arraignment Judge and call’s it into the record. The bridge officer will announce the name of the case into the record. Everything that is said or done in the courtroom will be transcribed by the court stenographer into the official court record.

In New York City, a criminal defense is allowed by law to a formal reading of the charges lodged against him. However, due to the sheer amount of arrests being processed by NYC Central Booking defense attorney waive the readings but not the underlying rights.

The district attorney who is standing up for arraignment purposes will provide the Judge a brief factual summary of the criminal charges and then make a request for bail, or consent to the defendant release. The defense attorney will then have the opportunity to make the case why there should be no bail or why the defendant should be released on his or her own recognizance.

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Bail & Bail Bondsmen

If you are paying cash bail at any New York City Department of Corrections facility, you will only be permitted to pay in the following formats:


  • U.S. cash dollars for the full amount
  • Cashiers check for any dollar amount. However, it can not exceed the bail amount.
  • Teller’s check for any dollar amount. However, it can not exceed the bail amount.
  • A bank money order for up to $1,000.00
  • Federal Express money order for up to $1,000.00
  • A U.S. Postal money order for up to $1,000.00
  • A Western union money order for up to $1,000
  • A Travelers Express Company order order for up to $1,000
  • GOV-PAY via a credit or debit card


It is important to note that you can have as many money orders and checks as needed to pay the full bail. You can also combine money orders and checks along with cash to pay the exact bail.


Cash bail can be paid at any of the NYC jails. However, whenever possible bail should be paid at the courthouse in which the defendant has been arraigned. The checks should be made payable to the facility that the inmate is housed in. Checks should never be made payable to the department of corrections.


Brooklyn Detention Complex
275 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Manhattan Detention Complex (commonly referred to as the Tombs)
125 White Street
New York, NY 10013


Queens House of Detention
126-02 82nd Avenue
Queens, NY 11415


Rikers Island Central Cashier
11-11 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370


If you are paying bail at any of the NYC Criminal Courts:


New York Criminal Court
100 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013


Bronx Criminal Court
265 E. 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451


Brooklyn Criminal Court
120 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Staten Island Criminal Court
67 Targee Street
Staten Island, NY 10304


Queens Criminal Court
125-01 Queens Blvd.
Queens, NY 11415


Generally people post bail at a courthouse directly after the criminal court arraignment, the supreme court arraignment or a routine court appearance. Whoever is posting the bail should alert the court officer in the court part and let them know. Bail paid at any criminal court house can only be paid in cash, no checks. The general rule is that bail can not be posted by credit card. However, Judges in certain counties have allowed it. It’s best to check with your criminal lawyer regarding your options.


Bail Bondsman


If you are posting bail with a bail bondsman, make sure they are licensed by New York State.  A bail bond is basically an insurance policy. The bail bond company is insuring that the defendant will return to each and every court date until the criminal case is finished. The bail bondsman has a process in which they will underwrite the bond, and setup indemnification of the bail bond. The bail bondsman require a percentage of the bond amount in order for them to post the bond on the defendant’s behalf. There are two fees in dealing with bail bonds. One is the premium payment, and two is the collateral.  The collateral is the posting of something of value to ensure the defendant’s return to court.


What is the Premium Fee for a Bail Bond?


The bail bondsman will charge the surety a percentage of the bail amount as set by New York State Law. This fee ranges between 6.2% to 10% of the total bond that is posted. This is statutory. A Bail Bondman might also charge additional fees.


Various Types of Collateral for Bail Bonds


  • Certified funds
  • Real Estate
  • Business Interest
  • Savings Account


New York State Bail Bondsman Are Not Allowed To Accept for Collateral:


  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Public Assistance (Welfare)
  • Alimony or Child Support
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Disability Benefits
  • Workers Compensation Benefits
  • Public or Private Pensions
  • Veterans Benefits


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Attorney Profiles

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Deborah Blum

Deborah Jill Blum is an experienced litigator and winning trial attorney, admitted to practice throughout the Courts of New York State and before the Federal Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Ms. Blum received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She began her career as a Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County. Prior to starting her own practice, Ms. Blum worked for a boutique criminal defense firm, handling all aspects of criminal law. She is currently Of Counsel to a prominent family law practitioner, as well as a leading criminal defense firm.
Ms. Blum’s practice focuses on the pretrial litigation, trials and appeals of both criminal and family law matters. Ms. Blum represents clients at all stages of the criminal justice process, whether charged with misdemeanors or felonies, from arraignment to trial, dismissal, or other disposition. Since her admission to the Bar, she has counseled and represented clients on a wide range of criminal matters, including narcotics offenses, theft, white collar crimes, weapon possession, sex crimes, gang related offenses, assault, domestic violence, driving while intoxicated, conspiracy, parole violations, probation violations, open warrants, and numerous other offenses. On behalf of her clients accused of criminal offenses she has received dismissals and favorable dispositions on hundreds of felony and misdemeanor matters, as well as not guilty verdicts in many cases taken to trial.


Victoria Spodek

Victoria Spodek was born and raised in New York City. Ms. Spodek received a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College, and attended University College London in London, England. After graduating cum laude Ms. Spodek set her sights on Law School while working as a paralegal for a real estate attorney. Ms.Spodek attended Pace Law School in White Plains, NY and graduated cum laude.

While in Law School, Ms. Spodek clerked for a New York County Supreme Court Judge. As a clerk she observed trials and researched and drafted opinions on Motions for Summary Judgment, Motions to Dismiss and Discovery Motions. After law school, Ms. Spodek interned for a Civil Court Judge in Nassau District Court handling legal research and writing opinions.

In the private sector, Ms. Spodek worked at the Legal Department of a Fortune 500 company. From there Ms. Spodek went on to work for a prominent civil litigation firm whose verdicts were in the multi million dollar range. In 2008, Ms. Spodek joined the Spodek Law Group P.C. and has focused her practice on civil litigation, personal and business bankruptcy and the representation of developers and purchasers in real estate transactions.

Ms. Spodek focuses her practice on representing debtors in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 petitions along with adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts. Ms. Spodek has represented the developers of the Chatham 44 Condo development, the North Hills development in Long Island, and numerous purchasers of condo’s and condominiums in New York City and the surrounding areas.

Ms. Spodek is a fluent Russian speaker. Recently, Ms. Spodek has spent considerable time offering legal services to the victims Hurricane Sandy in south Brooklyn, NY.


Joanna Zieba

Joanna joined Spodek Law Group P.C.  as a legal intern in January 2012, the only intern chosen among a highly competitive group of applicants. A graduate of CUNY Law School, Joanna has dedicated her academic and professional career to helping navigate the challenges of going through a divorce or custody battle. She has worked with the Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project providing counsel and support to domestic violence survivors. She has handled child welfare/child protection issues, custody and visitation issues. She is skilled at drafting motions and tackling complex matters of law. Joanna is thorough and detail oriented, she leaves no stone unturned when she is handling a case. She has studied Mediation strategies which gives her an advantage when it comes to dispute resolution. Joanna treats each case with compassion and care and understands that family matters are extremely personal in nature. Joanna speaks polish fluently and is active in the Polish community in Brooklyn, NY. Joanna is licensed to practice law in both New York and New Jersey.

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Todd A. Spodek

Principal Attorney

Mr. Spodek decided early on in his life to focus his education and experience on trial work. Todd Spodek attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA and majored in criminal justice. This background provided an indispensable tool in the representation of criminal defendants in grand jury investigations, pre-trial hearings, trial, appeals and navigating the corrections process.

Mr. Spodek’s practice is split between criminal defense, and family and matrimonial law. Throughout the years, Mr. Spodek has successfully represented his clients in custody, visitation, and support proceedings in Family Court as well as with pre-nuptial, post-nuptial, and highly contentious divorces in Supreme Court. Mr. Spodek has earned a reputation for being honest, straight forward and hardworking. He is known for obtaining results through strategic negotiations and at trial.

Mr. Spodek takes great pride in the exceptional personalized service Spodek Law Group provides. The firm approach is to keep  clients well informed, and up to date about their cases. Every client is educated about the various aspects of the law as it relates to their case. This allows the client to make informed and educated decisions every step of the way.


Lance Spodek

Lance Spodek received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School where he graduated cum laude and was the associate editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. Mr. Spodek has taught law at Brooklyn College, and Hunter College. Mr. Spodek has appeared on numerous television and radio shows and been featured on NY Daily News, the NY Post and other major media outlets.

Spodek Law Group P.C. was created in order to provide clients the big firm experience with the teamwork approach that only a boutique law firm can provide.


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