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What is the length of time between arrest and arraignment?
The length of time between arrest and arraignment is usually 24 hours.
Can family members visit the defendant while he/she is in police custody?
No, family members are not entitled to visit a defendant while in police custody unless the defendant is a juvenile (under 16 years of age).
How can I find an attorney?
To find an attorney call the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Legal Referral Service at (212) 626-7373 (English), (212) 626-7374 (Spanish) or check the yellow pages.
Where do I find information on bail bonds?
For information on bail bonds, check the yellow pages.
Where do I pay bail?

It is best to pay bail at the correctional facility where the person is being held; however, bail may be paid at any of the following correctional facilities. For further information on inmates, bail, visiting hours, and travel directions call (718) 546-0700.

  • Bronx House of Detention
    653 River Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451
  • Brooklyn House of Detention
    275 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Manhattan House of Detention (The Tombs)
    125 White Street, New York, NY 10013
  • Queens House of Detention
    126-02 82nd Avenue, Queens, NY 11415
  • Riker's Island
    11-11 Hazen Avenue, East Elmhurst, NY 11370

A defendant can be released from the courtroom, if you post bail when the person actually appears before the court. Notify the court clerk of your intention to pay bail. The clerk will direct you to the cashier's office in that county.

How do I register an Out-of-State Order of Protection?

An order is enforceable, in any state, even if it has not been entered onto the New York State Family Protection Registry. The federal Violence Against Women Act (18USC §2265) requires that each state give full faith and credit to orders of protection issued by courts of any state. If you have an order of protection from a state other than New York and wish to have it entered into the New York State Family Protection Registry, you may do so by bringing a copy of the order to any of the following New York City Criminal Court locations:

  • New York County
    100 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
    Room 134 - Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Arraignment Office - evenings, holidays and weekends
  • Bronx County
    215 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451
    Arraignment Office - Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. as well as evenings, holidays and weekends
  • Kings County
    120 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn , NY 11210
    Room 510 - Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Arraignment Office - evenings, holidays and weekends
  • Queens County
    125-01 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11415
    Room G-78 - Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Arraignment Office - evenings, holidays and weekends
  • Richmond County
    67 Targee Street, Staten Island, New York 10304
    Central Clerk's Office (1st Floor) - Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Can I obtain a copy of my Criminal History Report (rap sheet)?

To obtain a copy of your Criminal History Report (rap sheet) report to one of the following:

  • Legal Action Center, 225 Varick Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY, 10014, (212) 243-1313. Appointments to get copies of Criminal History Reports (rap sheets) can be made Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. They do not take walk-in's. You must make an appointment with the Rap Sheet Coordinator. 
  • Police Headquarters, 1 Police Plaza, New York, NY and request an "Albany Package". At Police Headquarters you will be fingerprinted. There is a fee of $15.00 (money orders only) for fingerprinting. It is the responsibility of the person requesting the Criminal History Report (rap sheet) to send the fingerprints, the form provided in the "Albany Package", and a money order for the processing fee to Albany.
How do I clear/vacate a warrant?
A warrant can only be cleared/vacated by a defendant's appearance before a judge. The defendant must go to the central clerk's office in the county where his/her case is being heard. The defendant must have the following information: full name and date of birth, or date of arrest, or docket number.
How can I find out what courtroom my case is in?
Court calendars / Appearance lists / Alpha lists (Alphabetical list of defendants) are posted daily in the lobby of each courthouse. Defendants are listed by either docket number or name. If the defendant's name does not appear on the calendar, go to the central clerk's office.
What do I do if I missed my court date?
If you missed your court date, contact your attorney and report to the central clerk's office in the borough your case was scheduled.
How do I request a Certificate of Disposition?
To request a Certificate of Disposition bring the following items to the central clerk's office in the county in which your case was filed: docket number, or defendant's full name and date of birth, or date of arrest; picture I.D.; $10.00 (exact change only). If requesting a disposition for a defendant who has a sealed case, you must attach a notarized letter from the defendant giving permission to release the disposition.
Where do I go to pay a fine, a mandatory surcharge and a crime victim assistance fee?

Fines, Mandatory Surcharges and the Crime Victim Assistance Fee are paid according to the status of your case.

  • If you have an adjourned date to pay your fine or surcharge or crime victim assistance fee and you want to pay before the scheduled date, you can do so by going to the Clerk's Office of the part where your case is pending.
  • If you have an adjourned date to pay your fine or surcharge or crime victim assistance fee, you must return to court on that date even if you do not have the money.
  • If you have not been assigned a court date on which to pay your fine, surcharge, crime victim assistance fee or you failed to report on your assigned date, report to the central clerk's office.
  • If you paid the monies before your scheduled adjourned date, you do not have to return on that day.
How is my bail money refunded?
Generally bail money is returned to the owner once the case is concluded. A notice to release bail should be issued from the court room on the same day the court case is finished. There are no checks issued from the court. If you haven't received your bail money within four to six weeks from the last court date, contact NYC Finance Dept., 1 Centre Street Room 2200, New York, NY or call (212) 504-4321.
How do I request a Certificate of Good Conduct?
A Certificate of Good Conduct can be requested at Police Headquarters, 1 Police Plaza, New York, N.Y. You must report to the above address with a passport or other form of photo identification, and a money order for $30.00 to cover the processing fee.
How do I apply for a Certificate of Relief from Civil Disabilities?
To apply for a Certificate of Relief from Civil Disabilities, obtain a form from the central clerk's office in the county in which your case was filed. The form must be completed, notarized, and returned. Your case then will be added to the daily calendar. You may be required to undergo a Probation investigation prior to a ruling on the request.