3 Things You Didn’t Know About DATs in Brooklyn

25 May 3 Things You Didn’t Know About DATs in Brooklyn

We’ve all heard of desk appearance tickets, or DATs, but do you really know what it is and what it means to the person who receives one?

The Run-Down on Desk Appearance Tickets in Brooklyn

3 Things You Didn’t Know About DATs in BrooklynDesk appearance tickets are unique to New York. It’s actually a legal order that tells the recipient that he or she must appear in criminal court to be arraigned (at your arraignment, you appear before the judge, who formally reads your charges and asks you whether you are guilty or not guilty).

When you receive a DAT, you can’t ignore it or stash it in your junk drawer and forget about it. Desk appearance tickets are generally given for misdemeanors and Class E felonies.

3 Things You Didn’t Know About DATs in Brooklyn

Although you might be eligible for a DAT, that doesn’t mean you will receive one. In fact, many people are processed through the criminal justice system in the traditional way: an arrest, a booking, and an appearance in front of a judge.

If this is your first desk appearance ticket, here are three things you need to know:

  1. If you don’t appear in court on the date specified on your desk appearance ticket, the police will issue a warrant for your arrest. You absolutely must show up on the right date and at the right time – preferably with your lawyer at your side – because if you don’t, you’ll be facing an even worse fate for skipping out on the judge.
  2. You’ll only get a desk appearance ticket if the police who arrest you (and make no mistake; when you get a DAT, you’ve officially been arrested) feel as if you’re not a flight risk. That’s part of the reason that they’ll only issue you a DAT for minor crimes.
  3. When you show up in court on the date listed on your desk appearance ticket, you will be arraigned just as you would if you’d been in jail. It’s usually a good idea to call an attorney as soon as you walk away from the officer who hands you your DAT. That way, your attorney has as much time as possible to strategize about your defense and ensure that he’s protecting your rights.

If you’re holding a DAT and you’re not sure what your next move should be, Call or Text Me at 917-856-1247. I’ll evaluate your case and help you make an informed choice.