How do I find out if there is a warrant for my arrest in Brooklyn?
A warrant must be issued and signed by a Judge. The Clerk of the Court in the county where the warrant was issued should have a record of the warrant. Contact the Clerk’s Office in that county to discover if a warrant has been issued for your arrest. However, a person may be arrested even if a warrant has not been issued.
On this page of our site we will answer to some question that you may have:
Police officers have called and asked me to come in for questioning or to make a statement. Do I have to make a statement to the police?
No. No one is required to make a statement, answer police questions or to otherwise participate in any police investigation. Remember, you have the right to remain silent if police want to question you or ask you to make a statement. It is best that you contact a criminal defense attorney before making any statements in a criminal case.
Do I have to take a polygraph test (lie detector test)?
No. No one is required take a polygraph or “lie detector” test. This applies to everyone, individuals who are under arrest and those who haven’t been arrested. Also, polygraph tests are not always 100% correct. Even if you are telling the truth, the test might detect that you are lying.
Do I have to participate in a line-up?
If you are under arrest you cannot refuse to be placed in a line-up. However, you do not have to go to a police station if you are not arrested.
Do the police always have to tell me the truth?
No. Law enforcement officials are legally allowed to lie to you during the course of an investigation. Common techniques involve lying about the strength of the case they have against you, the evidence they have in their possession.
What effects can not participating in a criminal investigation have?
Although you have a right to refuse to answer questions in a criminal investigation and the right to refuse to make a statement, doing so may or may not be in your best interest. For example, Family Court investigation, the fact that a person has not participated in the criminal part of the investigation may have a negative effect on the family law part of the investigation (child custody). It is always best to speak with a Brooklyn attorney before deciding if you should participate in an investigation or not.
If you feel any of your rights have been violated during a pre-arrest investigation, it is important that you contact our Pre-Arrest Investigation experts immediately.
At the beginning of a case, before any formal filing, we develop specific strategies for defending your case. Time is extremely important at this stage. Early planning gives us more time to conduct investigations, interview witnesses and research all available legal options. Successful negotiation and preparation can lead the prosecution not to file a case against you. Our goals:
- Avoid arrest
- Seek alternative to filing, such as an informal resolution
- Reduction of charges (from felony to misdemeanor)
- Minimize unfavorable Evidence
Remember that you have the right to remain silent and don’t forget to be polite to authorities – do not lie or become hostile with police. Added charges exist for lying to the police or obstructing, resisting, or delaying an investigation.
Simply say that you will not answer any questions until you have your attorney is present. Let us protect you and your legal rights.