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What you should know if you're accused of a crime

        1988/89 Revised Edition

           W H A T   Y O U   S H O U L D   K N O W   I F   Y O U ' R E

                       A C C U S E D   O F   A   C R I M E

                                                by Joyce B. David, Esq.

                       Foreword by the Hon. Milton Mollen
                      Presiding Justice Appellate Division
                           Second Judicial Department



                        Copyright c 1986, 1988 - by Joyce B. David, Esq.

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                                 F O R E W O R D

             Anyone confronting the bewildering and, to many, the intimi-
        dating and nerve shattering complexities of the New York State
        criminal justice system for the first time in his or her life,
        will find Joyce David's handbook outlining the ABC's of the
        system an invaluable tool in dealing with them.

             A highly-respected attorney with a wealth of first-hand
        experience in all aspects of criminal law, Ms. David's thorough,
        step-by-step description of what a criminal case is all about,
        written in language readily understood by the average layman,
        unschooled in legal procedures and terminlolgy, will do much to
        ease the pain of that first encounter with the law.

             Ms. David, expertly and concisely, spells out just what he
        or she may expect at every stage of the case, explaining just
        what will happen and why.

             As she points out correctly in her own introduction, those
        exposed for the first time to the criminal justice system often
        feel as though they are in a foreign country, with strange new
        rules, procedures and language.  WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW IF YOU'RE
        ACCUSED OF A CRIME provides the anxious "tourist" with a thor-
        oughly professional and knowledgeable guidebook.

                                                     Milton Mollen
                                                   Presiding Justice
                                                   Appellate Division
                                               Second Judicial Department


                                TABLE OF CONTENTS

        Introduction--------------------------------------------------- 5
        Choosing a Criminal Lawyer------------------------------------- 5
        Lawyer/Client Relationship------------------------------------- 6
        Lawyers' Fees-------------------------------------------------- 6
        Before You're Arrested----------------------------------------- 7
        Don't Confess-------------------------------------------------- 7
        Some Other Don'ts---------------------------------------------- 8
        Line-ups------------------------------------------------------- 8
        Surrender------------------------------------------------------ 9
        Things Your Lawyer May Need to Know---------------------------- 9
        The Arrest-----------------------------------------------------10
        C.J.A. Interview-----------------------------------------------11
        What Else Happens Before Arraignment---------------------------12
        Criminal Court Arraignment-------------------------------------12
        Assigned Counsel-----------------------------------------------14
        Misdemeanors & Violations--------------------------------------15
        Youthful Offender----------------------------------------------16
        Juvenile Offenders---------------------------------------------16
        Civil Forfeitures----------------------------------------------16
        What Can Happen to Your Case-----------------------------------17
        What Happens After Criminal Court Arraignment------------------17
        Grand Jury-----------------------------------------------------18
        Silent Indictment----------------------------------------------19
        Supreme Court Arraignment--------------------------------------19
        Court Appearances----------------------------------------------20
        Bench Warrants & Bail Forfeitures------------------------------20
        Getting Back Bail Money----------------------------------------21
        What Takes So Long---------------------------------------------22
        Trial Preparation----------------------------------------------22
        To Plead or Not To Plead---------------------------------------23
        Pre-Trial Hearings---------------------------------------------24
        "Assert Your Rights" Card--------------------------------------29
        About the Author-----------------------------------------------31



             People exposed to the Criminal Justice System for the first
        time often feel like they're in a foreign country with strange
        rules, procedures and language.

             This handbook is geared to the state system in New York
        City, but many of the general principles apply to other jurisdic
        tions as well.  It's based on over 10 years of experience "in the
        trenches".  It's a realistic, not a philosophical look at the

             This handbook has general information and shows how cases
        make their way through the system.  Most of the legal terms used
        are explained in the text or are self-explanatory.

             This handbook doesn't deal with specific cases or crimes.
        There's alot of information that's just too technical or compli-
        cated for this book.  If you have specific questions about a
        case, you'll have to consult a lawyer personally.

             The Criminal Justice System, just like the rest of life, is
        not always fair.  That doesn't mean we give up, it just means we
        try harder.

                           CHOOSING A CRIMINAL LAWYER

             If you can afford a private lawyer, I suggest you hire a
        criminal lawyer.  You wouldn't go to an eye doctor for a problem
        with your elbow.

             If you don't know any criminal lawyers, call your local bar
        association, or check with friends or relatives who may have had
        criminal problems.

             It's not a good idea to hire a lawyer who approaches you in
        the court-house.  Lawyers are not supposed to solicit clients
        that way.

             Find out how much criminal experience a lawyer has before
        hiring him/her.  The more serious the charges against you, the
        more experienced a lawyer you need.

             It helps if your lawyer practices where your case is pend-
        ing.  S/he'll know the judges and D.A.s (District Attorneys) and
        will have a better idea of what you can expect in your case.
        (The D.A. is the one who prosecutes the case against you.)


             You also have an advantage if the judges and D.A.s know and
        respect your lawyer.  They're more likely to listen if your
        lawyer has a good reputation.

                           LAWYER/CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

             It's important to trust your lawyer.  His/her job is to
        defend you and protect you from the system, whether you're inno-
        cent or guilty.  If you committed the crime or participated in
        some way and don't feel comfortable telling your lawyer, you
        should get a different lawyer.

             You're not helping yourself if you think your lawyer will do
        a better job if s/he thinks you're innocent.  It's not a good
        relationship if you don't trust him/her enough to be truthful..pa

             Your lawyer can't advise you effectively if you keep things
        from him/her.  Everything you tell your lawyer is confidential,
        even if you eventually hire a different lawyer.

             You should ask your lawyer to explain what's happening with
        your case.  Don't think your questions are stupid just because
        you don't understand the system.  It's a very complicated system.
        That's why you need a lawyer in the first place.

             Just because your lawyer isn't in touch with you all the
        time, doesn't mean s/he isn't working on your case.

             There will be times when your lawyer may have to give prior-
        ity to someone else's case.  This is most likely to happen when
        s/he's doing a trial.  Trial is the most important and difficult
        part of a case.  It demands the most attention and concentration.

             Don't feel slighted if your lawyer can't appear on your
        case when s/he's on trial with another defendant.  It doesn't
        mean your case isn't important, just that at this time, another
        client's case needs priority.

             You'll appreciate this when your case goes to trial.  You
        wouldn't want your lawyer distracted by less pressing matters
        when you face your moment of truth.

                                  LAWYERS' FEES

             Lawyers' fees vary depending on the amount of experience
        they have and the nature of the case.  It's better to have a
        clear understanding about the fee before any work is done, so
        your lawyer can concentrate on your case and not your bill.


             Your lawyer's fee will usually not include any other ex-
        penses.  You'll probably have to pay additional money fora pri-
        vate investigator, expert witnesses (if necessary), transcripts,
        etc.  Appeals and civil work are also usually extra.

             Criminal lawyers usually require most or all of their fee up
        front.  This should all be clearly spelled out in the retainer
        agreement you sign when you retain the lawyer.

             Ironically, innocent people often have to pay higher
        fees.Because they're less likely to plead guilty, their cases
        usually require more work, to prepare for and take through trial.

             You shouldn't be looking for bargains when your freedom and
        reputation are at stake.

                             BEFORE YOU'RE ARRESTED

             The sooner you get a lawyer involved in your case, the
        better.  There are important decisions to be made and rights to
        be protected, early in a case.  If you're accused of drunk driv-
        ing, you should contact a lawyer before you submit to a breatha-
        lyzer test.

             If you find out the police are looking for you, it's best to
        call a lawyer before responding to them.  If you can't afford a
        private lawyer, call the Legal Aid Society.

             The police are interested in making out a case against
        someone they suspect committed a crime.  They're not your
        friends, unless you're the victim of a crime.  The police may
        mislead you if they want you to talk to them, and you may find
        yourself under arrest based on your own statements to them.

                                  DON'T CONFESS

             The police are very good at getting confessions.  That's the
        easiest way for them to wrap up a case.

             Even if they use deceptive methods to get a confession, like
        telling you things will go easier, or that a co-defendant has
        implicated you, this may be considered good police work, and a
        judge may allow the D.A. use your statement against you.

             If you have a lawyer before you get arrested, s/he can find
        out if the police want to question you as a witness or a


             If you're a suspect, your lawyer can tell the police that
        s/he doesn't want you questioned.  If they question you after
        that, they won't be able to use your statements against you,
        unless they can prove that you blurted out a confession without
        being asked any questions.

             If you're arrested and don't have a lawyer, don't answer any
        questions or make any statements about your case to the police or
        the D.A.  Don't allow yourself to be video-taped.  Whether they
        read you your rights or not, tell them you want to speak to a
        lawyer.  Don't think you can outsmart the police.

             Your silence can't be used against you, but it's very hardto
        defend you if you've made a confession (or admission).  Even
        telling the police that you were at the scene of the crime but
        didn't do anything is an admission to an element of the crime.

             If you're in jail, be careful what you say about your case
        to other inmates.  You never know when one of them will try to
        work out his/her own problem by becoming a witness against you.

                                SOME OTHER DON'TS

             Don't consent to a search of your person, home, or car.

             Don't consent to be in a line-up or show-up.

             This doesn't mean you should physically resist, just that
        you should object and tell the police you want a lawyer.

             Don't resist arrest or become verbally abusive to the police
        or you might find yourself charged with additional crimes, and
        possibly injured in the arrest process.


             If the police intend to put you in a line-up, ask to have a
        lawyer there.  S/he can determine if they have the right to do
        so, and if they don't, s/he can protect you.

             If they do have the right to put you in the line-up, s/he
        can monitor the procedure to make sure it's done fairly.

             If the persons placed in the line-up with you don't resemble
        you, s/he can ask the police to find better fillers.  If they
        won't find better fillers, s/he can make notes of the differences
        in appearance between you and the fillers, to help you later when
        the D.A. tries to use the line-up identification against you.


             The police usually take a black & white Polaroid picture of
        the line-up that doesn't clearly show the differences between
        you and the fillers.

             If you didn't have a lawyer at the line-up, this photo and
        the police testimony will often be the only evidence a judge will
        have, to determine if the line-up was fair.

             Your lawyer can help you decide the best place to sit and
        number to hold to minimize the chance of being picked out.

             S/he can make sure the police don't do anything improper,
        like suggesting in some way that the witness pick you out.

             Having a lawyer at this early stage can be very helpful.  If
        you're not picked out of the line-up in the first place, your
        case might be over before it begins, and you'll save yourself a
        great deal of hassle and money.

             Identification cases are the most difficult to defend.  Even
        though identification testimony is the least accurate, it's the
        most believed by jurors.


             If you're a suspect in a crime, your lawyer can arrange for
        you to surrender.

             The reason it's good to surrender (if the police intend to
        arrest you), is that it will show the court that you're a respon-
        sible person, worthy of being "released on your own recognizance"
        (R.O.R.'d), or of having low bail set when you first appear
        before a judge for arraignment.  It may also be helpful at plea
        or trial to show your cooperation.

             The purpose of setting bail is to make sure you return to
        court.  By surrendering in the first place, you show that you're
        likely to return to court without having high bail set.

             Your lawyer can tell the judge that you knew the police were
        looking for you, had the chance to run, but didn't.  Surrendering
        won't guarantee low bail, but it gives you a better shot.

                       THINGS YOUR LAWYER MAY NEED TO KNOW

             There are things your lawyer needs to know, to defend you.
        Below is a list of some information s/he may need from you:


             1)   Whether you have any witnesses.  These include alibi
        witnesses; character witnesses & eyewitnesses;

             2)   The names, addresses and phone numbers of your witness-
        es, so s/he can get their statements, and advise them of the
        disadvantage to you if they speak the D.A.;

             3)   Where and when you were arrested and the circumstances
        surrounding your arrest;

             4)   Whether you were shown to any witnesses by the police
        and the specifics of that identification procedure;

             5)   Whether the police found anything on you relating to
        the crime;

             6)   Whether the police had an arrest warrant or a search

             7)   Whether you made any statements to the police or the
        D.A.  If so - Were you read your rights?  Was any force used
        against you?  Do you have any injuries?

             8)   Whether you know the witnesses against you and if they
        have any motive to lie;

             9)   Whether you're on probation or parole;

            10)   Whether you have any problems that may affect your
        case, like mental or physical problems, or problems with drugs or
        alcohol.  Sometimes these problems may help your defense;

            11)   Your immigration status.  If you're not a citizen, a
        criminal conviction may create problems for you with immigration.

                                   THE ARREST

             A police officer can arrest you, without a warrant, if s/he
        sees you committing a felony, misdemeanor or violation.  S/he can
        arrest you for a felony or misdemeanor (even without a warrant),
        if s/he has "probable cause" to believe you committed a crime.

             All it takes is one person making a criminal complaint
        against you, without any corroboration, to give the police
        "probable cause" to arrest you.  They'll arrest you even if you
        tell them you're innocent.  They hear that from almost every
        defendant, even the guilty ones, so they leave it for the courts
        to decide.

             People find it hard to believe that they can be arrested
        based on one person's accusation, but that's the law.


             The police should have a warrant if they're arresting you at
        home, but there are exceptions to every rule.


             When you're arrested, you'll be processed by the police
        (booked) before being brought to court for arraignment.

             The amount of time between arrest and arraignment varies
        from borough to borough.

             After some preliminaries in the precinct, which usually
        include being searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and in
        certain cases, an identification procedure (line-up or show-up),
        you'll be taken to Central Booking in the borough of arrest, to
        be processed further.

             There are sometimes delays in the booking process.  Your
        fingerprints have to be sent to Albany to get your criminal
        record and check if you have any open warrants.

             Sometimes the computers aren't working and this delays
        getting your criminal record.  If it's your first arrest, the
        process often takes longer.  If you refuse to be fingerprinted,
        you can be held until you agree.

                                C.J.A. INTERVIEW

             After you're booked, you'll be interviewed by the N.Y.C.
        Criminal Justice Agency (C.J.A.), about your residence, employ-
        ment, criminal record, etc. (not about the facts of your case).

             It's important to answer their questions accurately.  They
        will contact a friend or family member (depending on the name you
        give them as a contact person) to verify your information.

             If you give them incorrect information, it may hurt your
        chance of getting low bail, because they'll note the fact that
        your information was inconsistent with the verifyer's, and it
        will look like you're trying to hide something from the court.

             They use the information to prepare a recommendation as to
        bail (often called an R.O.R. sheet), to help the judge in ar-
        raignments decide the question of bail or R.O.R.



             While you're being booked and interviewed by C.J.A., the
        D.A.'s office will be drawing up a formal complaint against you.
        This is usually done by their Early Case Assessment Bureau
        (E.C.A.B.).  They interview the arresting officer and/or the
        witnesses/victims, and decide what you'll be charged with.

             All of the above has to be done before you can be brought to
        court for arraignment.

             There are often delays in being brought to court.  The
        system may be backed up if alot of people have been arrested
        before you who are also waiting for arraignment.  It's not uncom-
        mon for the delay to be more that 24 hours.

             If it appears to Central Booking that you won't be arraigned
        the day you're booked, you'll be taken to a precinct to be lodged
        for the night.  People often get very upset at this delay, but
        there's really nothing you can do about it.

             Your lawyer can find out where you are in the system and let
        your family know approximately when you'll be arraigned.  In
        certain boroughs, private lawyers are given preference once
        you're produced in court, and this can speed things up a little.

                           CRIMINAL COURT ARRAIGNMENT

             At the arraignment, your lawyer will interview you, tell you
        what you're being charged with, advise you of your rights and
        make an application for low bail or R.O.R.

             If you can't afford a private lawyer, there'll be a Legal
        Aid lawyer assigned to your case at the arraignment.

             Your lawyer will often "waive formal arraignment", so the
        charges against you won't be read aloud in open court.

             S/he and the D.A. may have a conference at the bench with
        the judge.  There will be a discussion about your case.  Your
        lawyer can get some valuable information from the D.A. at this
        "bench conference".  There may also be some discussion about a
        plea-bargain at this point.

             Certain cases are disposed of at the arraignment.  Your
        lawyer will discuss the offer with you and advise you if s/he
        thinks it would be a good idea to accept it.  Sometimes felony
        charges are reduced to misdemeanors at the arraignment.


             If the charges are serious felonies, it's unlikely they'll
        be disposed of at the arraignment.  The D.A. will probably give
        notice that s/he intends to present your case to a Grand Jury.
        Your lawyer may give reciprocal notice, that you wish to testify
        in the Grand Jury in your own behalf.  The Grand Jury will be
        discussed more fully, later in this guide.

             The witnesses against you do not have to come to the ar-
        raignment or appear in court unless they're required to testify
        (in the Grand Jury, at a hearing or at trial).


             The judge at the arraignment is the one who decides about
        your bail.  You may be R.O.R.'d (released on your own recogni-
        zance), have bail set, or be remanded without bail.  Remand is
        likely if you're charged with murder, or if you're charged with a
        serious felony and have another felony case pending.

             It helps to have as many friends and family members as
        possible at the arraignment.  The bail may be lower if your
        lawyer can show the judge you have strong community ties, as
        evidenced by all the people who came to court for you.

             Have your people bring money with them for bail.  Your
        lawyer can often estimate the amount of bail the judge might set.
        This will depend on the nature of the case, your criminal record,
        your community ties, and which judge is sitting in arraignments.

             If your people have money with them at the arraignment and
        the judge intends to set bail that's a little more than they have
        your lawyer can tell the judge the amount of money your people
        have with them, and the judge might set the bail at that amount,
        so you can be bailed out from court.

             It saves a lot of hassle if you're bailed out from court.
        Once you're removed from the court building, bail has to be put
        up at the jail you're in or at certain other locations in the
        city.  Your lawyer can advise you about that.

             Bail can be posted by a bail-bond or in cash.  When bail is
        set, there's usually a bond amount set and a cash alternative.

             To get a bail-bond, your people have to see a bail-bondsman.
        He will require some cash (at least 10% of the bond), and collat-
        eral for the rest (a house, bank book or the like).

             The first bail that's set is often the most important.  It's
        hard to get a bail reduction unless your lawyer can show there's
        been some change in circumstances since the first bail was set.


                                ASSIGNED COUNSEL

             Many people accused of crimes can't afford to hire a private
        lawyer, and are assigned a Legal Aid lawyer or a lawyer from the
        18-B panel.

             There are times I've asked someone who calls, if s/he has a
        lawyer already, and s/he says:  "No, I have a legal aid".  It's
        unfortunate that defendants have that opinion of Legal Aid.

             Lawyers who work for the Legal Aid Society are competent,
        well-trained, dedicated lawyers.  The Legal Aid Society has
        excellent support staff, including: investigators; social work-
        ers; and funding for expert witnesses, etc.

             An 18-B lawyer is a private lawyer who accepts assignments
        of criminal cases from the court and is paid by the state to
        represent indigent defendants.  There are several reasons why you
        may be assigned an 18-B lawyer, instead of Legal Aid.

             If two or more people are accused of committing a crime
        together, the Legal Aid Society is only allowed to represent one
        of them.  The Legal Aid Society is like one big law firm, and
        it's considered a conflict of interests to have the same law firm
        represent co-defendants.

             Legal Aid might not be able to represent you because they
        represent a witness against you who has a pending case.  This
        would also be considered a conflict of interests.

             If you're accused of murder, and are indigent, you'll be
        assigned a lawyer from the 18-B "homicide panel".  The Legal Aid
        Society usually does not handle murder cases.

             There are different panels of 18-B lawyers for different
        types of cases.  These lawyers have been screened to make sure
        they're qualified to handle the kinds of criminal cases they'll
        be assigned to.

             The "misdemeanor panel" has lawyers qualified to handle
        misdemeanor cases.

             The "felony panel" has more experienced criminal lawyers
        than those on the "misdemeanor panel".

             The "homicide panel" has the most experienced criminal

             The "Family Court panel" is for criminal cases involving
        juveniles that will be handled in the Family Court.

             There's also an "appeals panel" to handle your appeal, if
        you're indigent.



             There are different categories of crimes.  The more serious
        crimes are called felonies.  The most serious felonies are "A"
        felonies, the least serious are "E" felonies.

             Certain felonies carry mandatory jail sentences, if you
        plead guilty or are found guilty after trial (conviction).  This
        means you can't get probation.  These are usually cases involving
        the sale of drugs or the use of a gun or violence:  "armed felony
        offenses" and "violent felony offenses" (A.F.O.'s and V.F.O.'s).

             If you're convicted of a felony, you may also lose some of
        your civil rights.  In some cases your lawyer can get you a
        Certificate of Relief from Civil Disabilities that may mitigate
        the effect of a felony conviction.

             If you're accused of a felony and have one or more prior
        felony convictions, jail sentences are mandatory and longer.

             Generally, one prior felony conviction makes you a "predi-
        cate felon", more than one prior felony conviction makes you a
        "persistent felony offender".

             If you're on probation or parole, a conviction after trial
        or plea of guilty to a new crime (felony or misdemeanor) can
        violate your probation or parole (V.O.P.) and you'll probably get
        extra jail time.

                            MISDEMEANORS & VIOLATIONS

             The less serious crimes are classified as misdemeanors.
        Violation offenses are less serious than misdemeanors and aren't
        considered crimes.

             If you're arrested for a misdemeanor, violation, or certain
        low grade felonies, the police can, under certain circumstances,
        give you a "desk appearance ticket" (D.A.T.), which is like a
        summons.  Instead of going through the booking process and being
        held in jail until you're brought before a judge for arraignment,
        you're released from custody and given a date to appear in court
        to be arraigned.

             Penalties for misdemeanors and violations are less serious
        than those for felonies.  You may even be able to get an A.C.D.
        (adjournment in contemplation of dismissal).  This means your
        case is adjourned for six months (you don't have to return to
        court), and, if you don't get into trouble within the six months,
        it's dismissed and sealed, as if you were never arrested.  You're
        more likely to get an A.C.D. if it's your first arrest.


                                YOUTHFUL OFFENDER

             If you were under 19 when the crime you were arrested for
        was committed, and you're convicted (plead guilty or are found
        guilty after trial), the judge might treat you as a "youthful
        offender" (Y.O.) - the conviction is vacated and the case sealed.

             You're entitled to "youthful offender" treatment on your
        first misdemeanor conviction.  It's discretionary for certain
        first time felony convictions.

             "Youthful offender" doesn't mean you won't be punished for
        the crime (with jail time or probation), but the punishment is
        often less severe and you won't have a criminal record.  This is
        meant to give a young person a chance to straighten out without
        the stigma of a criminal record.

             If you received Y.O. on a prior felony case, then it's as if
        you weren't convicted of that felony and you won't be considered
        a "predicate felon" if you're charged with another felony.

             If you got Y.O. on a prior case, it won't save you from
        extra jail time for violation of the probation or parole from
        that case, if you're convicted of something else after that.

                               JUVENILE OFFENDERS

             There are certain crimes where juveniles are treated as
        adults in the Supreme Court and others that are dealt with in the
        Family Court.  Certain procedures are different for juveniles.
        This guide won't discuss the distinctions.

                                CIVIL FORFEITURES

             Generally speaking, the D.A.'s office can seek forfeiture of
        the instrumentality or proceeds of certain crimes.

             The D.A.'s office can even attach this property before
        you're convicted, if they can show there's a likelihood you'll be
        convicted.  This is a relatively new law.  Your lawyer will
        explain it to you, if it applies to your case.


                          WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOUR CASE

             Almost all criminal cases (felonies, misdemeanors and viola-
        tions) start in the Criminal Court.

             Cases that start as felonies and are reduced to misdemeanors
        by the D.A., and cases that start as misdemeanors or violations,
        stay in the Criminal Court until they're finished.

             Cases that are going to remain felonies must be transferred
        to the Supreme Court.  To do this, the D.A. must present his/her
        evidence to a Grand Jury, and get an indictment.  This will be
        explained more fully, later.

             There are only three things that can happen to a criminal
        case:  It can be dismissed or A.C.D.'d, by the D.A. or a judge
        (rare); you can plead guilty; or the case can go to trial (where
        you're either acquitted or convicted).

             If you get a dismissal, an A.C.D., an acquittal after trial,
        or plead guilty to a violation, your case can be sealed and your
        fingerprints and arrest photos may be returned to your lawyer.

             Unfortunately these will just be souvenirs because the
        police usually keep a copy of your photo for their mug files and
        your fingerprints are kept in the criminal justice computers.
        Potential employers and the like won't have access to your fin-
        gerprint record or any information about your case, but if you're
        rearrested, it will show up.


             If bail is set that you can't make, your case will usually
        be adjourned to six days from the date of your arrest.

             Basically, the law says that if you're in jail, the D.A. has
        six days (on a felony charge) from the date of arrest, to have
        witnesses give sworn testimony supporting the charges against
        you, or you're entitled to be released from jail.

             This can be done by bringing the witnesses to court for a
        preliminary hearing, or having them testify before a Grand Jury.

             It's very rare to have a preliminary hearing in New York
        City, because at a preliminary hearing, the defense lawyer gets a
        chance to cross-examine the witnesses.  D.A.s would rather not
        expose their witnesses to cross-examination at this early stage,
        and they avoid doing this by going to the Grand Jury instead.
        The Grand Jury proceedings are secret, and defense lawyers are
        only entitled to be present when/if their own client testifies.


             On the adjourn date, if the D.A. has not complied with the
        law, you should be R.O.R.'d.  But if s/he can show a good reason
        for not getting an indictment or providing a preliminary hearing
        within the six days, s/he can get an extension.

                                   GRAND JURY

             A Grand Jury is comprised of 16-23 people.  They listen to
        evidence presented by the D.A. and decide if there's enough
        evidence against a defendant for him/her to face felony charges.
        It takes 12 grand jurors to vote an "indictment".

             A Grand Jury also has the power to return a case to the
        Criminal Court as a misdemeanor, if it thinks there isn't enough
        evidence for felony charges, but there is enough for misdemeanor
        charges.  This would be called a "prosecutor's information".

             The Grand Jury is an "arm" of the D.A.'s office, and the
        proceedings are secret, to protect the witnesses.

             It's not hard for a D.A. to get an indictment, because the
        Grand Jury usually only hears the D.A.'s evidence.  There's no
        defense lawyer to cross-examine the witnesses, and they usually
        don't hear from the defendant.

             If you've been arrested, your lawyer will be notified if the
        D.A. intends to present your case to a Grand Jury.

             In certain cases your lawyer might advise you to testify in
        the Grand Jury, and/or present witnesses.  To do that, s/he must
        notify the D.A., before the Grand Jury presentation is completed.

             If you testify in the Grand Jury, your lawyer can be there
        with you, but s/he can't ask questions or make objections.

             If things go well, the Grand Jury may fail to vote an in-
        dictment (No True Bill), and your case will be over, saving you
        alot of hassle and money.  This is another reason to get a lawyer
        working on your case early on.

             Most cases that are presented to a Grand Jury, are presented
        within six days of arrest, to prevent the defendant's R.O.R.


             An indictment is merely a formal accusation listing the
        felony charges against you in the Supreme Court.  It's not evi-
        dence of guilt.


             If you're indicted, your case will be transferred to the
        Supreme Court.  If you're out of jail, you and your lawyer will
        be notified by mail, when to come to the Supreme Court to be
        arraigned on the indictment.

                                SILENT INDICTMENT

             Occasionally cases are presented to a Grand Jury before
        anyone is arrested.  If the Grand Jury indicts, this is called a
        "silent indictment".

             The same "silent indictment" procedure may be followed if
        you were arrested for a felony and had your case dismissed by a
        judge in the Criminal Court.

             The D.A. still has the right to present felony charges to a
        Grand Jury within six months of your arrest.  There's no time
        limitation if you're accused of homicide.

             In "silent indictment" cases, you won't be notified that
        your case is being presented to a Grand Jury and may not have the
        chance to testify or present defense witnesses.

             You'll still be able to present your defense at trial.

             If you're indicted this way, an arrest warrant issues and
        you'll be arrested and brought to Supreme Court for arraignment.

                            SUPREME COURT ARRAIGNMENT

             The Supreme Court arraignment is similar to the Criminal
        Court arraignment on the initial complaint.  You're advised of
        the charges against you and there's a decision on bail.

             If you're out of jail and have been coming to court when you
        were supposed to, and if you appear for arraignment when noti-
        fied, chances are, your bail status will remain the same.

             If you're in jail, you'll be brought to Supreme Court for
        arraignment and your lawyer will be notified when to appear.

             Your lawyer gets a copy of the indictment from the D.A. in
        court.  S/he'll waive the public reading of the charges against
        you and enter a plea of not guilty for you.  S/he may also get a
        "voluntary disclosure form" (V.D.F.), and police reports at this
        time, from the D.A.  The V.D.F. has information your lawyer needs
        to prepare your case.


                                COURT APPEARANCES

             If you're out of jail while your case is pending, you must
        appear in court on every adjourn date, unless your lawyer has
        arranged for you to be excused.

             Unless you're told otherwise, be there at 9:30 A.M.  Keep
        track of the court part you're supposed to appear in and the
        adjourn date.  This is your responsibility.

             The only time you should wait for a letter from the court,
        before appearing, is if your felony case has been transferred to
        the Supreme Court and you've been told to wait for notification
        of the Supreme Court arraignment date.  A case is transferred to
        the Supreme Court after a Grand Jury has voted an indictment.

             If you get to court on time and don't see your lawyer, check
        to see if your name's on the court calendar to make sure you're
        in the right part on the right date.

             If it's the right part and date and your lawyer isn't there,
        it probably means s/he had to cover another case first.  Most
        lawyers have to give priority to their clients who are in jail,
        and cover those cases first.

             If you leave the courtroom to call your lawyer, tell one of
        the court officers, so they won't call your case while you're not
        there, and issue a bench warrant.

                        BENCH WARRANTS & BAIL FORFEITURES

             If you're late, or don't show up, the judge may issue a
        bench warrant.  You can be arrested on that warrant.  If you're
        out on bail, your bail money can be forfeited.

             Bail jumping is also a seperate crime you can be charged
        with if you're out on a bench warrant more that 30 days.  It's
        very hard to defend that charge and sometimes gives the D.A.
        extra bargaining power in dealing with your current case.

             A bench warrant will also stay on your record and come back
        to haunt you later, even if you clear it up.  It will give a
        judge an excuse to set higher bail on you in the future.

             If you can't come to court because you're sick, or because
        you've been rearrested, call your lawyer and let him/her know, or
        have a family member call.

             If you're represented by an assigned lawyer (Legal Aid or
        18-B), that's no excuse for not calling to let him/her know why
        you can't make your court appearance.


             You should have your lawyer's card with his/her name and
        phone number.  It's your responsibility to let your lawyer know
        if there's a good reason you can't come to court.

             Don't assume that if you're rearrested, somehow the court
        part where your case is pending will know about it.

             If you have a good excuse why you can't come to court, and
        your lawyer knows about it before going to court, s/he can tell
        the judge and ask him/her not to issue a bench warrant.

             Otherwise, the judge will issue a bench warrant and a bail
        forfeiture.  This is a hassle for you and for the person who put
        up your bail.

                             GETTING BACK BAIL MONEY

             If you make all your court appearances, the bail money
        should be returned to the depositor several weeks after your case
        is over, whether you win or lose.

             If the depositor has moved since putting up the bail money,
        s/he'll have to go to the Department of Finance, at 1 Centre St.
        in Manhattan, with proof of identification and his/her bail
        receipt, to get the bail check.

             But if your bail was forfeited because you missed a court
        date, it's difficult for the depositor to get it back.  Even if
        you're represented by an assigned lawyer, the person who put up
        your bail (depositor, or surety) may have to pay a private lawyer
        to do a "bail remission motion" to try to get back his/her money.

             The procedure varies from borough to borough, as does the
        amount of the cash bail, if any, that will be returned.  If you
        have a bail bond, contact the bondsman if there's a forfeiture.

             A "bail remission motion" must be done within one year of
        the forfeiture of bail - that's the statute of limitations on
        these motions.  The defendant must have returned to court before
        this motion can be brought.

             The bail depositor should not wait until your case is over
        before arranging for a "bail remission motion".  If s/he waits
        beyond a year from the date of forfeiture, it may be too late to
        get any money back, because of the statute of limitations.

             If you "bench warrant", have your lawyer check your bail
        status when you return.  If you return within 45 days of the
        forfeiture, there's an easier procedure for reinstating the bail.


                            WHAT TAKES SO LONG

             Criminal cases can take a long time to finish.  This depends
        on the seriousness of the charges and whether you're going to
        take a plea or go to trial.

             There are "speedy trial rules" governing the amount of time
        the D.A. has, to be ready for trial, but more serious cases can
        take six to 12 months, or longer, to go to trial.  Trial prefer-
        ence is usually given to defendants who are in jail.

             Technically the D.A. has to be ready for trial within six
        months of your arrest, (90 days for misdemeanors), but there are
        certain time periods that are excluded from the six months (or 90
        days), and these rules do not apply to homicide cases.

             Some of the reasons for the delay include:  Crowded court
        calendars; busy D.A.s and defense lawyers; and delays in getting
        documents from the D.A. or police, that your lawyer needs to
        prepare for trial.

             Each case is different and requires different preparation.
        There are certain procedures that have to be followed.  Your
        lawyer can explain this more fully as it relates to your case.

             The wait is frustrating, but there's little that can be done
        to speed things up.  In certain cases, delay is helpful to the

             It's upsetting having criminal charges hanging over your
        head.  Lawyers sensitive to their clients' feelings, often act as
        psychologists and social workers as well as lawyers.  Maybe
        that's why we're also called counselors.

                                TRIAL PREPARATION

             After arraignment, your case will be adjourned.  If it's a
        felony, trial preparation usually begins after you've been ar-
        raigned on the indictment.  If it's a misdemeanor, trial prepara-
        tion begins after the Criminal Court arraignment.

             The next time the case is on, there will be a conference,
        where the D.A., the judge and your lawyer will discuss your case
        to see if it can be disposed of without a trial.  There will
        probably be a plea offer.  If the plea is refused, the case is
        adjourned for your lawyer to make "motions".

             Plea-bargaining will be discussed later in this guide.


             One of the biggest delays in the system is due to trial
        preparation.  It's better to have the delay than go to trial
        without adequate preparation, even if you're in jail.

             One of the things your lawyer has to do is make certain
        "motions".  S/he will prepare an Omnibus motion which is a formal
        written request for certain information the D.A. has about your
        case (discovery), and requests that certain evidence be sup-
        pressed, on the grounds it was obtained in violation of your
        rights.  There are also certain "dismissal" motions that are
        included, where appropriate.

             There will usually be hearings on the suppression motions,
        if the judge thinks you're entitled to them.  These pre-trial
        hearings will be discussed later.

             Another thing your lawyer has to do to prepare your case for
        trial is to investigate.  Sometimes an investigation can't be
        done until the D.A. responds to your lawyer's "discovery" motions
        and turns over police reports to him/her.

             The D.A. often keeps information from the defense until the
        eve of trial.  Police reports are often turned over with the
        names and addresses of witnesses deleted, to protect them.
        Judges usually don't make the D.A. disclose that information
        until trial.  We sometimes call this "trial by ambush".

             Your case will be adjourned, usually about three weeks at a
        time, until it's ready for trial or you take a plea.

             Because of all the delays, some defendants take pleas just
        to avoid having to come back to court so many times.  This is
        more likely to happen in Criminal Court in misdemeanors cases.

                            TO PLEAD OR NOT TO PLEAD

             Many people think plea-bargaining is a dirty word.  Plea-
        bargaining is actually like negotiating a disposition of a case.
        Sometimes a plea-bargain is appropriate.

             Whether you take a plea or go to trial is an important
        decision you have to make.  It's not the kind of decision your
        lawyer should make for you, but his/her opinion should be very
        important to you when you decide to take a plea or go to trial.

             Once your lawyer has a clear enough picture of the evidence
        against you, s/he can evaluate the chances of winning your trial.

             S/he will usually balance your odds of winning, against the
        amount of time you could be sentenced to if you lose trial, and
        the sentence being offered in the plea-bargain.


             Defendants who are in jail awaiting trial are more likely to
        take pleas than defendants who are out of jail.

             The decision is a very difficult one, especially if you're
        innocent and the evidence against you looks strong.  There are
        provisions in the law for a person to plead guilty without admit-
        ting guilt.  This is called a SERRANO plea or an ALFORD plea
        (named after the cases that allow this kind of plea).  Some
        judges don't like to take SERRANO/ALFORD pleas.

             It's very hard to admit guilt if you're innocent, but there
        are defendants who do it because their chances of winning are so
        slim, they'd rather take the sure thing (usually probation or low
        jail time) than risk a severe jail sentence after losing trial.

             If you go to trial and lose, you usually get more time than
        that offered in the plea-bargain.  It's like getting extra pun-
        ishment for putting the state through the trouble and expense of
        the trial.

             No matter how experienced or skillful your lawyer is,
        there's no guarantee of winning a trial.  One reason people take
        pleas is to avoid the uncertainty of trial.

             Trial is an uphill battle for the defense.  The D.A. has
        most of the tools.  S/he has police and detective investigators
        (D.I.s) to help investigate and get witnesses to cooperate.

             Even if the defense has been able to get the names and
        locations of witnesses, there's no real way to get them to coop-
        erate if they don't want to, and most people don't want to get

             The D.A. also has public opinion on his/her side.  Even
        though the law says that you're presumed to be innocent, and that
        the burden of proving your guilt is on the D.A., jurors do not
        always understand or follow the law.

             Unfortunately, nowadays, especially is New York City, jurors
        are exposed to crime on the streets, either personally or through
        the media, and tend to presume you're guilty and expect the
        defense to prove your innocence.  This is especially true if
        you're minority or poor.

             Sorry to paint such a grim picture, but that's where things
        are at, and this guide discusses realities, not ideals.

                               PRE-TRIAL HEARINGS

             There are several types of hearings, called pre-trial hear-
        ings, or suppression hearings, that may occur before a trial jury
        is selected.


             Not every case has pre-trial hearings.  It depends on the
        evidence against you.  These hearings are usually named after
        certain landmark cases.

             After the hearings, the judge decides whether or not to let
        the D.A. use certain evidence against you at trial.  If the
        evidence in question at the hearing is the only evidence against
        you, and you win the hearing, that might be the end of your case.

             A HUNTLEY hearing is to suppress statements allegedly made
        by you to a law enforcement officer (including police, D.A., or
        their agent), on the grounds that you weren't advised of your
        constitutional right to remain silent or were forced to make the
        statement, either by threats or brutality.

             I often have clients tell me, when I interview them for the
        first time, that the police did not "read them their rights".
        They seem to think that's a way to get a case dismissed.  Unfor-
        tunately, that's rarely the result.  The only consequence of not
        reading you your rights is that if you made a confession, there
        are grounds to get it suppressed.

             It's unlikely that the police will admit they failed to read
        you your rights, or that they threatened or beat you.  At the
        HUNTLEY hearing they'll probably testify that they read you your
        (MIRANDA) rights, and deny that they used any force.

             The judge usually believes the police.  This happens in most
        instances where the police version differs from the defendants'.

             A DUNAWAY hearing is also a hearing to suppress statements,
        on the grounds that the police didn't have probable cause (any
        legal reason) to arrest you in the first place.

             A WADE hearing is a hearing to suppress the identification
        on the grounds that the pre-trial identification procedure was
        suggestive, and that the witness would not have otherwise been
        able to identify you.

             A MAPP hearing is a hearing to suppress physical evidence
        seized from you (usually a weapon, drugs, or the proceeds of a
        crime), on the grounds that the police had no legal right to stop
        you or search you in the first place.

             A SANDOVAL hearing is a hearing to prohibit the D.A. from
        using your criminal record to impeach you during cross-
        examination, if you testify at trial.

             Ordinarily, when a witness testifies at trial, the opposing
        counsel can use the witness' criminal record on cross-examination
        to show that the witness isn't worthy of belief.

             When the witness is the defendant, the court has to balance
        your constitutional right to testify on your own behalf against
        the D.A.'s right to this cross-examination technique.


             The problem is that juries tend to believe that if you've
        committed crimes in the past, you probably committed this one
        too, and that's not one of the factors a jury is supposed to
        consider as evidence.  The defense attorney tries to limit this
        through the SANDOVAL hearing.

             If you don't testify at trial, the D.A. can't introduce your
        criminal record, except under specific conditions that are too
        technical to discuss here.


             After the pretrial hearings are finished, the trial begins.
        The trial is the part of the case where a decision is made by a
        judge or a jury, after listening to the evidence, as to your
        guilt or innocence.

             You're entitled to a jury trial in all felony cases, and
        misdemeanor cases that carry penalties over six months in jail.

             Even if you're entitled to a jury trial, there are certain
        cases that are better tried without a jury.  This kind of deci-
        sion is between you and your lawyer and usually depends on the
        specifics of your case and which judge is in the trial part.

             It's important to dress appropriately when you're on trial.
        Dress like you would for a church function, not like you would on
        a date.  You want to look neat but not flashy.

             If you're out of jail and don't appear for trial, in addi-
        tion to getting a bench warrant and forfeiting your bail, your
        case may be tried without you.

             Most judges warn defendants of that possibility.  If you've
        been warned, and don't appear, you can be tried, convicted and
        sentenced in your absence.  The likelihood of conviction in-
        creases, if you're not present at your trial.

             When the police pick you up on the bench warrant, you'll be
        sent to jail to serve your sentence.  You may also, practically
        speaking, waive your right to appeal.

             Assuming you're having a jury trial, the first part is to
        select the jury.  This is called voir dire.

             A panel of prospective jurors is brought to the courtroom
        from the Central Jury Panel.  The judge explains some general
        principles of law to them.

             From that panel, 12 or more at a time, (six if it's a misde-
        meanor trial), are called into the jury box to be questioned by
        the judge, the D.A., and the defense attorney.


             The purpose of the voir dire is to give the D.A. and the
        defense attorney a chance to find out whether the prospective
        juror can be fair.

             After each round, the attorneys usually leave the courtroom
        with the judge and court reporter (who records the proceedings),
        and challenge the jurors they don't want.

             It's more a process of elimination than one of selection.
        There are a specific number of peremptory challenges for each
        side, depending on the nature of the charges.

             Peremptory challenges are those that do not require the
        attorney to give a reason for the challenge.

             If either side can show the judge that a potential juror
        can't be fair, then that juror can be challenged for cause.
        Challenges for cause are unlimited.

             A felony trial jury consists of 12 jurors and usually two
        alternates.  If one of the jurors can't continue to serve (be-
        cause of illness or the like), an alternate is substituted.

             After the jury is selected, the judge usually tells them
        more of the general principles of law.  S/he explains their
        duties and explains the order of the trial.  S/he also warns them
        not to discuss the case with anyone until it's over.

             The D.A. then makes an opening statement.  This tells the
        jury what s/he intends to prove to them during the trial.  S/he
        usually describes this as a table of contents.

             The defense attorney may also make an opening statement.
        This will be a matter of trial strategy that your lawyer will
        decide, depending on the nature of your defense.

             The defense attorney is not required to make an opening
        statement, because the defense is not obligated to prove anything
        during the trial.

             After opening statements, the D.A. presents evidence.
        Evidence is testimony from witnesses, and exhibits (weapons,
        contraband, documents, etc.).

             When a witness testifies for the D.A., s/he questions
        him/her first.  This is direct examination.  When the defense
        attorney questions that witness, it's cross-examination.

             When the D.A. has finished putting on his/her case, your
        lawyer has the right to present a defense case.

             However, the defense doesn't have to present a case because
        the defense doesn't have to prove anything..  The jury is sup-
        posed to decide, based on what the D.A. presents, if they're
        convinced of your guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt".


             A major trial decision is whether or not you'll testify in
        your own behalf at trial.  Even though the jury is told not to
        hold it against you if you don't testify, they often do hold it
        against you.  The decision is harder if the D.A. has been given
        permission to cross-examine you about your criminal record.

             After the defense rests, the D.A. may present evidence to
        rebut something the defense has raised in its case.  If this
        happens, the defense may present evidence to rebut that.

             When both sides finish presenting their evidence, they rest.
        Then they do summations.  The defense attorney sums up first,
        and, because s/he has the burden of proof, the D.A. sums up last.

             Summations are the lawyers' comments about the evidence to
        show why they think the jury should reach a certain verdict.

             When both sides finish their summations, the judge explains
        the relevant law to the jury and sends them out to deliberate
        until they reach a verdict.

             They're not allowed to discuss the case with anyone who
        isn't on the jury.

             A verdict must be unanimous.  Sometimes the jury can't reach
        a verdict by the end of the day, and they're sequestered for the
        night (sent to a hotel together).

             If the jury can't reach a unanimous verdict, and it seems
        they won't be able to no matter how long they deliberate, they
        may let the judge know they're deadlocked, and the judge may de-
        clare a hung jury.  If that happens, you may be tried again.

             If you're acquitted (found not guilty), you can't be charged
        or tried again for the same case.


             If you're convicted after trial, or take a plea, the case
        will be adjourned for the probation department to prepare a
        report to aid the judge in sentencing.  If you've been in jail
        awaiting trial you'll get credit for that time toward your sen-

             It's very important to make a good impression on the person
        interviewing you, because his/her recommendation carries alot of
        weight.  Even if your sentence was negotiated by plea-bargain, if
        the probation report is bad, the judge may decide not to keep
        his/her promise to you and give you the option of taking more
        jail time or withdrawing your plea.


             Also, your probation report is attached to your file and is
        taken into consideration when you become eligible for parole.

             If you're eligible for "youthful offender" treatment, the
        probation report is sometimes the deciding factor.

             If you've taken a plea and are out of jail awaiting sen-
        tence, and fail to keep your appointment for your interview with
        the Department of Probation, or get convicted of another crime,
        or fail to appear in court on the date of sentence, the judge can
        give you a harsher sentence, without giving you the option of
        withdrawing your plea.

             When the Department of Probation prepares its report, they
        usually contact the D.A. for input, but not the defense attorney.
        If you're convicted after trial, your lawyer may want to prepare
        his/her own "pre-sentence report" to balance things out.


             If you're convicted after trial, your lawyer must file a
        "notice of appeal" for you within 30 days of the sentence date to
        insure your right to appeal.

             If you're indigent, a lawyer will be assigned to do your
        appeal.  It will either be a Legal Aid lawyer or an 18-B lawyer.

             Appeals take a long time to be heard.  Part of the delay,
        especially if you're indigent, is the length of time it takes the
        appeals lawyer to get the minutes of the trial.

             Assigned lawyers have alot of cases to do, so it usually
        takes longer for them to get to your case.  It sometimes takes
        years for an appeal to be heard.

             If you can afford to pay privately for the appeal, and the
        minutes of the trial,  you can speed up the process quite a bit.

             Sometimes you can get bail pending appeal, but the majority
        of defendants wait in jail until their appeal is heard.

                            "ASSERT YOUR RIGHTS" CARD

             If you're arrested, you can tell the police your name,
        address, date of birth, etc. (pedigree information), but don't
        answer questions about the crime or where you were when it hap-


             To protect yourself, cut out the card below and keep it with
        you, just in case.  If you borrowed this book from your library,
        please just photocopy this card.  Hand it to the police if they
        want to question you; search you or your property; or place you
        in a line-up.  This card could save you years in jail.

                                       * I do not wish to answer any    *
                                       * questions without speaking to  *
                                       * an attorney first.  I do not   *
                                       * consent to a search.  I do not *
                                       * consent to being in a line-up. *
                                       * I will not waive any of my     *
                                       * constitutional rights.         *
                                       *                     Thank You. *


                                ABOUT THE AUTHOR

             Joyce David is a criminal lawyer with offices in the Tower
        Suite of 16 Court Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11241, (718) 875-2000.

             Ms. David is admitted to practice in the State and Federal
        courts in New York and in the United States Supreme Court.

             She's represented thousands of defendants accused of almost
        every type of crime.  She's a frequent lecturer and is often
        consulted by the media on matters relating to the Criminal Jus-
        tice System.

             Ms. David's professional activities include:

             *  Vice President - New York State Association of Criminal
                       Defense Lawyers (also Chair Task Force on Bias in
                       the Criminal Justice System)

             *  Executive Vice President - Kings County Criminal Bar

             *  Homicide Panel - Second Judicial Department

             *  Co-Chair Criminal Law & Procedure Committee - Brooklyn
                       Bar Association

             *  Women & Minorities Committee - National Association of
                       Criminal Defense Lawyers

             *  Executive Vice Chair - Brooklyn Women's Political Caucus

             *  Special Counsel to Co-Chair - New York State Democratic
                       Committee, Women's Division

             *  Candidate for State Committeewoman - 1984

             *  Freelance Journalist

             *  Society of Professional Journalists & NY Deadline Club

             *  New York Women in Communications, Inc.

             *  Mensa


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