When arrested, people are routinely given what is called “desk appearance tickets” or “DATs” for short. A desk appearance ticket is legally the same thing as a formal arrest. Because the police, the district attorney’s office and judges all treat desk appearance tickets seriously, you should too. It is critical that you contact a New York City criminal defense lawyer immediately at any time you are arrested, even if it’s “only” for a DAT.
Our attorneys at Konta Georges & Buza P.C. have handled virtually every type of criminal case both as defenders and prosecutors. Arrange a free consultation by calling 212-710-5166.
After arresting and processing a suspect, police do not always feel the need to keep them in central booking. Instead, they will issue a DAT, which gives a date and time for when the arrestee is due in court for their arraignment.
There are a few factors that determine whether a defendant will be placed in central booking or given a DAT:
Don’t let the use of the word “ticket” fool you. If you were given a DAT, you were placed under arrest, and you could be facing serious penalties, including jail time. You need to start building your defense.
If you or a loved one has been issued a DAT, and if you don’t go to court on the date you were instructed to go, the judge will issue a warrant for your arrest, meaning the police will arrest you on sight. It is extremely important you arrive at court at the specified date.
The upside of receiving a DAT is that you have time to find an attorney and start planning for your arraignment. This is a crucial period, as the police will be using this time to gather evidence against you.
At Konta Georges & Buza P.C. our lawyers have worked on both sides of the aisle. As a result, they are familiar with the strategies that prosecutors use throughout the criminal process. They will use their insight to secure the most favorable results possible for your case.
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