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Receiving a Desk Appearance Ticket can be a bewildering experience. You may think that it is not a serious matter because you were let go (not taken to jail), and it looks much like a Bronx Traffic Ticket. A Bronx Desk Appearance Lawyer will inform you that this is far from the case. The issuance of a Desk Appearance Ticket is a serious legal matter and may need to be handled with the assistance of counsel. The Bronx Criminal Court is complex. A Bronx Criminal Lawyer can help you to understand that these tickets can lead to a criminal conviction and a criminal record. A Desk Appearance Ticket can sometimes be referred to as a DAT, a pink summons ticket, or a white ticket (depending on where it was issued). If you have received a DAT, it is important to call us as soon as possible. We will be able to lend you guidance and offer you a free consultation. We have offices throughout New York, including Manhattan the Bronx, Long Island and Westchester County.
A DAT can be issued if an individual has no prior record, and is in violation of a criminal offense (first time). They can be issued for violations, misdemeanors and very rarely, a felony. A DAT can be issued for a Class E or D felony, but occurs very infrequently. Be advised that a misdemeanor is defined as a crime that is punishable by one year or less in jail; a felony is punishable by anything over one year of incarceration. When you are cited by police, they have the option of issuing you a Desk Appearance Ticket. If you were not issued this ticket, you would be held until your Bronx Arraignment (which could be for 24 hours or more in a holding cell). With a DAT however, you are free to go home and appear for your Arraignment at the date and time indicated on your ticket. A warrant for your arrest may be issued if you do not appear at the stated hearing, so it is important to take this seriously. At your Arraignment, you will be notified of the charges against you and will be give the opportunity to respond (enter you plea). The judge will not be evaluating the circumstances of your case; these will be heard later as your case progresses through the however bail can be set.
When you meet with your Bronx Criminal Court Lawyer you will learn that certain types of cases lend themselves more readily to a DAT than others. Most often these cases involve Criminal Possession of a Weapon (this is anything low-level such as a small knife), (or a (Marijuana Possession). A DAT will also be seen in shoplifting or small theft violations, legally referred to as Petit Larceny. There are also matters where you would infrequently see a Desk Appearance Ticket issued such as a Sex Crime case (ie possession of material containing Child pornography), a non white collar crime matter that involves Grand Larceny situation, or a DWI matter. DAT’s are never issued in cases of Domestic Violence. If you have encountered this problem, it is important to contact a Bronx Desk Appearance Ticket Lawyer to help. It is important that you are aware that if you do not properly respond to these matters you may exacerbate the legal problems you already have. There are legal rules and issues that need to be dealt with such as criminal rules of evidence and procedure that are intricate and involved. This is the onset of a criminal case that may go to trial and could result in a guilty verdict against you. A New York Criminal Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC is ready to help. We will provide you with a free consultation, so call us today at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW.