If someone has been arrested in New York State and has been arraigned by a Judge in a New York State Supreme Court, a New York State District Court or a New York State Criminal Court, you can use the Webcrims system to find out someone’s bail amount.  You can use webcrims to find someone’s bail if they have an open court case in the following courts:

  • Bronx Criminal Court
  • Bronx Supreme Court – Criminal Term
  • Buffalo City Court
  • Dutchess County Court
  • Erie County Court
  • Kings Criminal Court
  • Kings Supreme Court – Criminal Term
  • Nassau County Court – Criminal Term
  • Nassau First District Court
  • New York Criminal Court
  • New York Supreme Court – Criminal Term
  • Orange County Court
  • Putnam County Court
  • Queens Criminal Court
  • Queens Supreme Court – Criminal Term
  • Richmond Criminal Court
  • Richmond Supreme Court – Criminal Term
  • Rockland County Court – Criminal Term
  • Suffolk County Court – Criminal Term
  • Suffolk First District Court
  • Westchester County Court – Criminal Term

Find how much someone’s bail is in New York by going to the webcrims website and looking up the current status of the defendant’s criminal case. You can follow these directions for the process of finding out what the status of someone’s criminal case is and for finding out the amount of someone’s bail or whether the person has a bail in a New York Court:

  1. CLICK HERE to go to the Webcrims website.
  2. Log in as a public User.  Enter the CAPTCHA code that you see on the screen to log in.
  3. Click the option for Find Defendant by Name. 
  4. Enter the Defendant’s Name and Search for his/her case
  5. Click on the Criminal Case that you are interested in getting information for
  6. Click Appearances (under case details on the left)
  7. The amount of the bail should appear in the “outcome/release status” column on the far right side (remember that “released on own recognizance means that the person was released without having to post a bail)

In the instance below, the person was released on his or her own recognizance and did not have to pay bail:

In the Instance below, the initially had a $5,000 bail.  You can also see that the bail was not posted.  However, at some point in the most recent court appearances, you can see that the person had an ROR status, which means that the court decided that there was no need for a bail.



*Please note that this process can also be used to find an open criminal case in New York/Find out if someone has a current criminal matter in New York State.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE CASH BAIL REFUND PROCESS IN NEW YORK CITY – A New York City Department of Finance pamphlet which provides information on how bail is refunded in New York City, how bail is forfeited in New York City, and assigning bail to an attorney or assigning bail to another person in New York City.


LOCATE AN INMATE IN NEW YORK STATE – This resource is helpful for those looking to find an inmate in a New York State Jail or New York State Prison.

WHAT IS BAIL? – This comprehensive article discusses what bail is and concepts that one may find helpful in understanding how a court decides what the bail set should be.

How Do I Find My Next Court Date? This article is helpful for those looking to find their next court date in a criminal court case in New York State.  The Article provide’s links to webcrims, a criminal court case information site which can be used to find a defendant’s next court date in New York.

POST BAIL IN NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FACILITY – Click Here to go to the New York City Department of Corrections’ page on posting bail for someone held in a NYC DOC facility.


Disclaimer: WEBCRIMS is a New York State Unified Court System run website and is not run by this site and is in no way affiliated with this site.  This site is a private site and is not intended to provide legal advice.  This site is not in anyway affiliated with any governmental agency and/or court.  This information is provided free of charge for the benefit of the public.  Please consult your attorney for legal advice.

This page is not intended to create an attorney client relationship or to give specific legal advice to any specific individuals.  The pages on this website are provided to give assistance in understanding general legal concepts.  The law can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  Such being the case, if you have specific questions, please discuss them with your Lawyer or, if you do not have a Lawyer, please consider hiring one or seeking assistance from a Legal Aid provider.


An arraignment is when the Court officially takes jurisdiction over a case. Everyone comes together in front of a judge and they formally charge the person with the crime alleged. A plea is entered at that time (GUILTY/NOT GUILTY). If a NOT GUILTY PLEA is entered, the Court must then decide whether the person charged should stay in jail or be released. The Court sets a BAIL. The Court usually tries to assess flight risk when considering bail. This means, the Court, which does not know your loved one, will have to figure out whether he or she will return to Court. They use lots of factors, including the nature of the charges, the person’s job history and educational background, and whether or not the person has significant ties to the community. They also take note of who has bothered to come to court on behalf of the person during the arraignment. IT IS THE LAWYER WHO WILL ARGUE THE BAIL APPLICATION. There may be no BAIL. In that case, the person is released on his or her own recognizance (ROR). That means the person can leave and will come back at a later date. If a bail is set, the person will be held until bail is posted.THE REST OF THE CASE WILL BE DEALT WITH AT LATER DATES. THERE WILL NOT BE A TRIAL ON THE DAY OF ARRAIGNMENT.


In New York City Criminal Courts, Arraignments usually happen from 9am to 1am – 7 days a week (except Staten Island/Richmond County).


What is a DP?

DP stands for “Decline Prosecution” or when the District Attorney (DA) declines to prosecute a case.  This means that someone who has been arrested will not have any further action taken against him or her.  While the DA can file charges at a later date, often, this does not occur.  Sometimes, someone will say they were DP’ed.  When someone is released after arrest but before the arraignment (released before seeing a Judge) because the DA decides to decline prosecute a case, it is said that they were DPed.

In some situations, a person who was DP’d may want to consider contacting a lawyer regarding a possible civil rights suit and/or false imprisonment, false arrest action.  This is especially the case where a person who was arrested suffers damages.  Damages can be due to police brutality but may arise from someone losing days of work, having expenses as a result of an arrest, or from property damage that occurs as a result to or incident to an arrest.

If you are looking to talk to a lawyer regarding a civil rights case against the City of New York, you should do so RIGHT AWAY.  There are may rules that can bar your case if you don’t take action within a certain amount of time.  This applies to suits against the City in general, including false arrest, malicious prosecution, excessive force, civil rights, police brutality, false imprisonment, and similar cases.  While our firm handles these cases, this information, as with the rest of the information on our site, is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to create an attorney/client – lawyer/client relationship.  You should discuss these issues with your lawyer.

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