How long after I’m arrested will it be before I see a Judge?
On average the time from arrest until arraignment takes 12-36 hours. The police and the prosecutor both have paperwork to complete, your rap sheet has to come back from Albany to determine whether you have any outstanding warrants, and you have to be interviewed by the Criminal Justice Agency (CJA). Once all of this is completed, the paperwork is brought to the courtroom and your case is assigned a docket number. Assignment of the docket number is the last step and a good indication that your case will soon be brought before a Judge. If you have a private attorney, the attorney is able to track the case and determine when you will be brought before a Judge. This can also be helpful in advising any friends of family who wish to be present at arraignment so that they know when to arrive in the courtroom.