Desk Appearance Tickets
The idea of appearing in court may be causing you a lot of anxiety. When dealing with desk appearance tickets, you may be wondering exactly what that entails. Here is what you need to know.
If you’ve been charged with a crime in the city of New York and a police officer or detective gave you a desk appearance ticket (which we call a DAT), it’s actually a notice to appear in court where you can be charged with marijuana possession, assault, or even criminal mischief. An officer may give you a desk appearance ticket for any of a series of different charges and, if you have received a DAT for any of those crimes or violations of the law, I suggest that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for a consultation because, at some point, you’re going to have to appear in front of a judge, and you should never do that by yourself.
Desk Appearance Ticket Arraignment
If you’ve received a desk appearance ticket for any crime in the city of New York, you’ll eventually have to go before a judge for arraignment when you and your attorney will receive the official charges drafted by the prosecutor or district attorney’s office in one of the five boroughs in New York or its outlying areas. It’s very important to bring an attorney to the arraignment with you because issues such as bail, ensuring that you understand the charges, and notices served by the prosecution on you and your attorney will come up during the arraignment. It’s very important that you hire an attorney before you appear for a desk appearance ticket.
Discussing the Events of a Desk Appearance Ticket with the Police
If you received a desk appearance ticket in the city of New York and the officer is going to charge you with a crime, I suggest that you refrain from making any statements to the detective about the events that prompted the issuance of your DAT. Anything you say can and will be used against you, regardless of whether or not they read the Miranda warnings or constitutional warnings to you. Please, pick up the phone. As an experienced attorney practicing law for over 30 years, I will be glad to help.
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