New York City Surrender Representation

Any experienced Manhattan criminal defense attorney knows that any person facing an open warrant for their arrest is placed in an untenable situation that must be addressed swiftly. Whether it is an arrest warrant issued after a grand jury indictment or a bench warrant issued as a result of a missed court appearance, what is presented is a difficult choice: face forcible arrest by law enforcement at your home or anywhere else you may be found within the state or voluntarily surrender to the appropriate state sheriff’s office. If this dilemma is yours, serious consideration should be made to retaining counsel before the process of surrender. As explained in our bail to jail article, the arrest and booking process differs greatly in New York when law enforcement is aware the person they hold has previously retained counsel. Rather than pressuring you into inadvertently saying or doing something that could hinder a future defense at trial, state law enforcement must respect the retention of counsel on the case and may not speak to you outside the attorneys’ presence except when requesting pedigree information.

There are two types of warrants in New York State: arrest warrants and bench warrants. While each authorizes the same – specifically, your immediate arrest – they are issued under very different circumstances. Information pertaining to them individually, specifically the appropriate response to an issued New York arrest warrant, may be found in additional articles below.

If there is a warrant outstanding for your arrest, the best New York bench and arrest warrants defense attorneys are available to help you prepare the appropriate response. Contact one of the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman today at (212) 581-1001 to schedule a free consultation.

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