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Combat Arms2869 Grove WayCastro Valley, California 94546-6709Telephone (415) 538-6544BBS: (415) 537-1777is pleased to presentW H A T Y O U S H O U L D K N O W I F Y O U ' R EA C C U S E D O F A C R I M EbyJoyce B. David, Esq.1988/89 Revised EditionForeword by the Hon. Milton MollenPresiding Justice Appellate DivisionSecond Judicial Department1WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW IF YOU'RE ACCUSED OF A CRIMECopyright c 1986, 1988 - by Joyce B. David, Esq.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may bereproduced, translated or transmitted in any form or by any means,electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or anyinformation storage and retrieval system, without permission inwriting from the author, except by a reviewer, who may quote briefpassages in a review.Requests for permission to make copies of any part of thiswork should be directed to: Joyce B. David, Esq., 16 Court Street(Tower Suite), Brooklyn, New York, 11241, (718) 875-2000.If you're reading this on an Electronic Bulletin Board, youmay download it for your own use. If you're interested in orderingcopies of the published handbook, the prices are as follows:1 - 9 copies $4.00 per copy10 - 99 copies $3.00 per copy100 or more copies $2.00 per copyShipping and handling $0.25 per copy* All orders must be prepaid.* State and local taxes apply in New York.Include resale or tax exempt number, if applicable.Make checks payable to: Balaban Publishing Co.Legal Handbooks Division163 Joralemon Street - Suite 1502Brooklyn, New York, 11201.
 
Printed in the United States of America1988/89 Revised EditionISBN 0-9617121-1-22F O R E W O R DAnyone confronting the bewildering and, to many, the intimi-dating and nerve shattering complexities of the New York Statecriminal justice system for the first time in his or her life, willfind Joyce David's handbook outlining the ABC's of the system aninvaluable tool in dealing with them.A highly-respected attorney with a wealth of first-handexperience 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 terminology, will do much toease the pain of that first encounter with the law.Ms. David, expertly and concisely, spells out just what he orshe may expect at every stage of the case, explaining just whatwill happen and why.As she points out correctly in her own introduction, thoseexposed for the first time to the criminal justice system oftenfeel as though they are in a foreign country, with strange newrules, procedures and language. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW IF YOU'REACCUSED OF A CRIME provides the anxious "tourist" with a thoroughlyprofessional and knowledgeable guidebook.Milton MollenPresiding JusticeAppellate DivisionSecond Judicial Department3TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6CHOOSING A CRIMINAL LAWYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6LAWYER/CLIENT RELATIONSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7LAWYERS' FEES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7BEFORE YOU'RE ARRESTED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8DON'T CONFESS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8SOME OTHER DON'TS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9LINE-UPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9SURRENDER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10THINGS YOUR LAWYER MAY NEED TO KNOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10THE ARREST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11BOOKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12C.J.A. INTERVIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12WHAT ELSE HAPPENS BEFORE ARRAIGNMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13CRIMINAL COURT ARRAIGNMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
 
BAIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14ASSIGNED COUNSEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15FELONIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16MISDEMEANORS & VIOLATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16YOUTHFUL OFFENDER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17JUVENILE OFFENDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17CIVIL FORFEITURES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOUR CASE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18WHAT HAPPENS AFTER CRIMINAL COURT ARRAIGNMENT. . . . . . . . . . 18GRAND JURY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20INDICTMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20SILENT INDICTMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21SUPREME COURT ARRAIGNMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21COURT APPEARANCES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22BENCH WARRANTS & BAIL FORFEITURES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22GETTING BACK BAIL MONEY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23WHAT TAKES SO LONG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24TRIAL PREPARATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24TO PLEAD OR NOT TO PLEAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25PRE-TRIAL HEARINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26TRIAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28SENTENCING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30APPEALS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31"ASSERT YOUR RIGHTS" CARD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31ABOUT THE AUTHOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334INTRODUCTIONPeople exposed to the Criminal Justice System for the firsttime often feel like they're in a foreign country with strangerules, procedures and language.This handbook is geared to the state system in New York City,but many of the general principles apply to other jurisdictions aswell. It's based on over 10 years of experience "in the trenches".It's a realistic, not a philosophical look, at the system.This handbook has general information and shows how cases maketheir way through the system. Most of the legal terms used areexplained in the text or are self-explanatory.This handbook doesn't deal with specific cases or crimes.There's a lot 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, isnot always fair. That doesn't mean we give up; it just means we tryharder.CHOOSING A CRIMINAL LAWYERIf you can afford a private lawyer, I suggest you hire acriminal lawyer. You wouldn't go to an eye doctor for a problemwith your elbow.

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