Anyone can now find information about their New York criminal case online by visiting webcrims. This site is maintained by the New York Unified Court System. Here’s how you do it:
- At the next screen, select how you would like to search. You may search by case number or summons number, or by the defendant’s name. If you choose defendant’s name, be aware that you must also enter at least the first two letters of your first name.
- Enter your name, and specify a county if you wish. You may do an all county search if you choose.
- Select an output format. You can either view the information on the screen, or have it downloaded to a pdf document, assuming you have installed Adobe Reader. Then click the green “Search” box.
- Your pending case (or cases) will be listed. On this screen you can get your case number, your next court date, and the court and part where your case is being heard.
- Click on the highlighted case number, and you can get more information. For instance, you can find your NYSID number, your arrest number, the date and time of arrest, the Police precinct that made the arrest, etc.
- If you look at the box to the left labelled “case details”, you can get more information. For instance, clicking on “charges” will tell you the charges pending against you, including the exact Penal Law section.
- By clicking on “appearances”, you can see each court appearance that has already been scheduled for your case.
- By clicking “motions”, you can see whether or not any motions have been made on your case.
You should have as much information about your case as possible, since you may notice something that may help your lawyer defend you in court.
Keep in mind, though, that you should seek competent legal representation to defend yourself in court. This article is not meant to be legal advice. I also recommend you confirm any information you find on the webcrims site with other sources, since there is no guaranty that the information you find is accurate.