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You may be under the impression that the Desk Appearance Ticket is not that big of a deal, perhaps something like a Traffic Ticket. This however is not the case; a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) is of significant legal consequence and needs to be addressed. Meeting with a Nassau County Criminal Lawyer would be extremely helpful; as they can explain where you stand legally, and help you devise a course of action to deal with the problem. Depending on where you received your citation, these tickets are also known as a white ticket, or sometimes a pink summons ticket. If you have received a DAT, you are now facing what can be a criminal charge against you. This matter has the possibility of going to trial, and even end in a criminal record for you. The Nassau County Criminal Court has certain rules and procedures that need to respected and followed. If you are facing this problem, you need to call a Nassau County Criminal Attorney familiar with desk appearance tickets as soon as possible. When you call our office, we will provide you with a free consultation and guidance. Where ever you are in NY, we have an office near you, including Nassau County, Suffolk County and Manhattan.
Most individuals who receive a DAT have no prior record, and are being cited for a lower level crime. Someone cited for Marijuana Possession (Drug Crime) would likely be issued a DAT by police. If you were cited for possessing a small weapon such as a switch blade knife you would commonly be issued a DAT (legally called Criminal Possession of a Weapon). Or perhaps you were apprehended shoplifting, or were involved with a small theft (Petit Larceny). These types of tickets are usually for a "violation", or a misdemeanor offense. Occasionally the police will issue a white ticket for a felony (Class D and/or E). Be aware that a felony is punishable by over a year of incarceration. If you were cited for a misdemeanor charge, it can carry the possibility of one year or less in jail.
There are crimes that may be considered more serious in nature, or deal with public safety that would rarely receive a DAT. A Domestic Violence/abuse matter would probably not receive a white ticket, as would also be the case with a Sex Crime. Driving with a blood alcohol of .o8 or higher DWI would generally be precluded from receiving a DAT citation. Regardless of the underlying charge against you, it is important to contact a Nassau County Criminal Lawyer to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Had you not received a Desk Appearance Ticket, you would have been taken into custody to await your Arraignment. This could have meant 24 hours or more in a holding cell/jail. The charges are no less serious because you were not taken to jail however. You have an obligation to appear for your hearing and state your plea to the judge. The judge has the option of issuing an arrest warrant for you should you not appear. This charge against should be taken seriously as it can end in a criminal conviction for you. You should contact our office to assist you in navigating through the Nassau County Criminal Court, and ensuring that you deal with the court procedures correctly. Call for your appointment today with a Nassau County Criminal Lawyer from the office of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC today. We will be able to offer you a free initial case evaluation at any of our office locations. We have offices from Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Nassau County to Suffolk County, and can meet at your convenience. Phone us today at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW.