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What Happens If You Are Arrested?

A person arrested will be taken to a police precinct or another law enforcement location. You have the constitutional right not to answer any questions by a police officer or any law enforcement official when you are detained or in custody. DO NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY BEING PRESENT. You will be entitled …

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What to Know If You Are Under Investigation or Arrested?

The right to remain silent is a Constitutional guarantee by the United States and New York State Constitution. NOT talking to a law enforcement official is not an inference that you are guilty of any crime. This is your RIGHT. So, what to do if you are confronted by a police officer, a federal agent …

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Do I Have To Go To Court Every Time After My Arraignment?

Yes. Not only do you have to appear each time your case is scheduled, you must be in court on time. Cases are scheduled to be called at 9:30 a.m. All court houses have security check points, so make sure you get to the court house at 9:00 a.m. on the date of your court …

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What Effect Will An Arrest or a Conviction Have On My Job, License or Immigration Status?

An arrest or a criminal conviction may have “collateral consequences” concerning your job, a business license, pistol license or, if you are not a United States citizen, your immigration status. Depending on your employment, whether in the public or private sectors, you may be required to report an arrest to your employer, even though an arrest …

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Definitions of Legal Terms used in the Criminal Justice System

ACQUITTAL:  A disposition of a case after trial when a defendant is found not guilty. ADA or AUSA:  Abbreviation for an Assistant District Attorney or Assistant United States Attorney. See also Assistant District Attorney. ADJOURN:  To continue a proceeding to a later time. ADJOURNMENT IN CONTEMPLATION OF DISMISSAL (ACD):  A State conditional dismissal of a case pending law-abiding behavior …

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