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New York City's Criminal Justice Process: An Overiew

Being arrested for any offense is a scary situation, and it's even scarier if you know nothing about the justice system. This piece is an overview of how New York City's criminal court system works. It will hopefully help put your mind at ease, or at least give you some insight about what to expect.

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This is a basic overview of how the criminal justice process works in New York City. It is not official legal advice, and no attorney-client privilege has been created by reading it. You can and should consult an attorney in person should you have specific questions about a case. Keep in mind that even though criminal laws are generally the same throughout New York state, every jurisdiction has their own policies and procedures that they follow. What’s been written here applies to the 5 boroughs of NYC. It is not necessarily illustrative of the process on Long Island, Westchester or elsewhere. This is just an overview and is not intended to explain every proceeding or issue that could happen. Hopefully this has given you some insight into how the process works here in the City. If you’re lucky, you’ll never have to learn more about it than what’s been written here. But if you’re unlucky and find yourself facing criminal charges, just remember to keep your mouth shut and hire an experienced criminal attorney right away. Good luck!

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