Skilled Defense After A Desk Appearance Ticket
Often given in cases of misdemeanor offenses, a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) is a tool used by law enforcement to alert someone to the fact that they’ve been arrested. If you receive a DAT, you must appear in criminal court on the day listed on the ticket itself. Once you have appeared in court, your criminal case will progress like any other.
Many people make the mistake of thinking a DAT is similar to a traffic ticket and that ignoring it will only result in minor consequences. Don’t be fooled, however; a DAT is considered the first step of the legal process in a criminal case. Like any other charge, you will need a skilled and experienced criminal attorney to defend you in court.
What Happens After You Receive A DAT
A DAT ticket will have the date of your arraignment listed. This means you must go to the court and receive a formal list of the charges against you and a list of your rights. At this point, your case will progress through the regular criminal justice system, just as it would have if you had been detained in jail. If you do not go to your arraignment, a judge may issue a warrant for your arrest.
DATs are serious and can result in a conviction that may lead to fines, jail time and other consequences, depending on the crime. If you receive a DAT, it’s important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible about your case. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Konta & Georges P.C. have successfully defended clients charged with violent offenses, accidents due to intoxicated driving and other crimes. We’re prepared to do everything in our power to keep your criminal record as clean as possible.
We Will Fight For You Today
A criminal charge can seriously impact your career, family and reputation. Don’t settle for a lawyer who doesn’t know what’s at stake for you. At Konta & Georges P.C., we take the time to get to know you so we can create a unique strategy for your defense. We’ve successfully defended clients from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and we can start fighting for you today.
Call 646-902-5683 for your free consultation or contact us online to schedule your first appointment.