11 Oct What is a desk appearance ticket and is this something I could take lightly?
Let me get you to the second part of your question first, you should never take any type of situation involving law enforcement lightly. A desk appearance ticket is I supposed I would call it a good luck. What I mean by that is you’re fortunate enough not actually go to bookings, which means you didn’t spend between 24 and 48 hours from the time you got arrested until the time you see the judge in a holding cell, in a precinct, in a courthouse running away. You’re fortunate enough with the police made the determination that you’re crime wasn’t the most serious.
You didn’t have any warrants outstanding and you probably didn’t have any criminal history so they gave you a piece of paper and told you to go to court at the later time but even though you weren’t booked, you will still be arrested. As a result, you still have to take that seriously. Your desk appearance ticket, the initial appearance, what’s going to happen is you’re still see the judge which is called the arraignment. At the arraignment the district attorney is going to tell you what your charged with and make bail recommendation or possibly resolved with an arraignment.
What I suggest you to do is don’t take it lightly, hire an attorney to minimize any detention criminal exposure because again you are facing up to 1 year in jail for certain types of offenses. It’s not worth having a criminal record for ever and ever. It’s a couple of bucks. I suggest don’t take it lightly. Lawyer up, preserve your record and minimize any legal exposure.
This is a transcription of an interview with James Medows.