Long Island Desk Appearance Ticket Lawyer
(DAT Attorney)

When the police determine they have probable cause to believe someone has committed a crime, under many if not most circumstances the person is arrested, taken into custody, taken to a police station, photographed & fingerprinted, and then transported by the police directly to court for an arraignment.  Under certain circumstances, however, people facing less serious charges can be issued a “Desk Appearance Ticket.”  Rather than being held at the precinct and transported to court, the person is given a piece of paper that provides a day and time they must appear in Court to be arraigned on their case.   Sometimes, the person receives the Desk Appearance Ticket by mail.  Desk Appearances Tickets are addressed in New York Criminal Procedure Law Article 150.  An experienced criminal attorney can represent you as a desk appearance ticket lawyer and appropriately defend you against whatever charges are leveled against you.  For a free consultation with top-rated Long Island desk appearance ticket lawyer Jason Bassett, call now.

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What is a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT)?

A Desk Appearance Ticket or “DAT” is a court form that notifies the individual of their upcoming arraignment as well as the date and time that they are to appear before a judge. Typically, the arraignment date will often be several weeks from the date of the alleged crime. As of 2020, under any circumstances, police officers in New York must issue DATs when the alleged offense can be characterized as a category E felony or misdemeanor and the individual who was apprehended by law enforcement officers can provide government identification.

When will a DAT be issued?

Crimes for which a DAT is frequently issued include, but are not limited to crimes such as:

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Failing to appear on Return Date in New York

After receiving a Desk Appearance Ticket, it is imperative that the defendant shows up to the court date. If the accused ignores the designated court date and fails to appear, the Judge will issue a “bench warrant.” A bench warrant is a written order by a judge commanding law enforcement officers to arrest the named defendant. Bench warrants are issued for those who fail to report or attend court. If an individual has an outstanding bench warrant and in any way interacts with a police officer, the individual will be taken into custody. That means if you are stopped even for a traffic ticket, authorities may find you have an outstanding warrant and arrest you.

If you have received a citation indicating that you must appear in court, but there is an unforeseen circumstance that makes it impossible for you to attend, your criminal attorney should be able to have the date of your arraignment rescheduled and prevent a warrant from being issued.

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The Desk Appearance Ticket is used to bring the individual before the assigned judge to begin the case

The purpose of the Desk Appearance Ticket is to set a date for a person to be arranged, which involves entering a plea of “not guilty.”   In some cases, the matter can be resolved that same day. One possible resolution at this initial appearance is an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal or “ACOD.” If you are offered and accept an ACOD for your charges, after a period of time with no new arrests, the case will be dismissed and sealed with no record remaining. Matters can also sometimes be resolved with a plea to a lesser offense, often one that does not involve a criminal conviction.

If your case is not resolved on the day of your arraignment, the case will be adjourned for you to come back to court.  The case will go forward with your attorney continuing to pursue the best possible outcome for you and the resolution of your case, whether that be by plea bargain, dismissal by motion, or trial.

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Top Long Island Desk Appearance Lawyer Jason Bassett

When a resident of New York is issued a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) for a crime, he/she still faces the same possible consequences as they would have if they had been arrested and immediately brought to court. Hiring a highly qualified criminal defense lawyer who can advise and represent you through every step of the process is not only extremely important but is also critical to the outcome of your case. Contact the Law Offices of Jason Bassett Criminal Attorney for a free, confidential consultation.