Warrants / Bench Warrants / Failure to Appear

If you have a warrant out for your arrest in New York, it means living your life in fear. Whether you are a suspect for a serious felony or you missed a court date for a misdemeanor, you must live with the constant fear of being picked up any time by New York police or other law enforcement officers in and around Queens, N.Y.

Call an experienced criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner. An attorney can help you fight to resolve a beach warrant, arrest warrant or extradition warrant for the best possible result. In many cases, the attorney can save you time, money, stress and aggravation.

Depending on the circumstances, the attorney may be able to file a motion to withdraw the warrant. In other cases the attorney can represent you at first appearance in front of the judge. If you are already in custody, the attorney can file a motion to lower your bond.

New York Criminal Defense Lawyer for Warrants

Rochelle S. Berliner is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the criminal justice system and knows how to handle warrants. She can help you fight to resolve your warrant for the best possible result.

Call the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner today at 718-261-5600 to set up a free consultation to discuss your warrants and your options.

Rochelle S. Berliner is proud to help people with warrants throughout the New York City area, including Queens County, Kings County, New York County, Bronx County, Nassau County and Suffolk County.

Types of Warrants in New York

An arrest warrant is an order signed by a judge giving police authorization to take you into custody and move you to a specific location.  In the case of a bench warrant, it is an order for police to arrest you issued while the judge is sitting on the beach usually in open court becasue the defendant missed a court date.

If you do not appear in the courtroom and have not otherwise resolved the citation or reset your court date, the judge will issue a bench warrant. The bench warrant commands police to arrest you wherever and whenever they find you. Police typically run a search for warrants when they pull you over for a traffic infraction. If your name appears in that search, the officer has little to no discretion — he or she must arrest you.

An arrest warrant may also be issued if you miss any other court obligation, like failure to pay a fine or appear for sentencing.

When the district attorney presents allegations to the grand jury and they return an indictment, the court may also issue an arrest warrant. For these types of warrants, the police are more likely to arrive at your home or even your work to put you under arrest. They might even escort you out of your office in handcuffs in front of your co-workers.

If you are found outside of New York, the decision to extradite you—or send you back to the jurisdiction where you have a warrant—will rest in the hands of authorities, who will often decide based on the severity of the crime you are accused of. Even if you are not extradited, a warrant may show up in a background search for employment, housing or credit.

A search warrant gives police authorization to search your home or other premises. While it is not an arrest warrant, it is a strong indicator that police might be investigating you for a crime. You should retain a criminal defense lawyer to be prepared. 

New York Warrant Resources

New York does not have a central database where you can simply search for active warrants. For more information on any warrant, you must contact the law enforcement agency in charge or hire a criminal defense attorney to assist you.

City of New York Arrest Warrant Information from NYC.gov - Find information about arrest warrants issued by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

Child Support Enforcement Warrants in New York State - Find information on the arrest warrants filed in the county clerk's offices throughout the state under Chapter 60, Article 8, Section 171-i of the Tax Law to enforce collection of child support or combined spousal and child support arrears.

Nassau County Police Department: Responsible for warrants in Nassau County.

Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Warrant Bureau: Handles warrants in Suffolk County. 

Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner | Queens Attorney Handling Warrants

If you have an outstanding warrant issued against you, hire an experienced Queens criminal defense lawyer. Having an attorney on your side could make all the difference in how your warrant is resolved.

Rochelle S. Berliner is extremely knowledgeable in criminal court matters and can help guide you through the process. Depending on your circumstances, you may never see the inside of a jail cell. Call the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner today at 718-261-5600 or submit an online form for a free consultation on how she can help you with your warrants.

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Rochelle Berliner
Rochelle Berliner

Rochelle Berliner grew up in Queens, NY. She started New York Law School in January 1989 and graduated in June 1991. Immediately after law school, she started working at the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where she stayed for approximately 14 years...

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