Police Issue DATs

06 Apr Why Do Police Issue DATs in Brooklyn?

In some cases across Brooklyn, police issue suspects desk appearance tickets instead of taking them to jail. If you get a DAT, it means you have been arrested, but that you’re free to go about your daily life instead of being locked up behind bars until your arraignment.

A DAT is actually a good thing (unless you’d rather wait 24 or more hours to see a judge in a community jail cell with people accused of all kinds of dangerous crimes). It means that the officer who issued it to you thinks that you’re trustworthy enough to show up in court.

Brooklyn DATs and Criminal Accusations

When you receive a desk appearance ticket, the officer giving it to you suspects that you committed a misdemeanor or a Class E felony. Generally, these kinds of crimes are punishable by a year or less in jail. Some of the crimes that might result in you receiving a DAT include:

  • Assault
  • Grand larceny shoplifting when the value of the property is between $1,000 and $3,000
  • Marijuana possession
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Property damage
  • Theft of services or shoplifting

This isn’t a comprehensive list, but these are some of the most common reasons people get DATs. In many cases, police won’t issue a desk appearance ticket if you have a prior criminal record, but sometimes they do—it just depends on whether the officer feels that you are a flight risk.

Do You Need a Lawyer for a DAT?

Even if you feel like you’ll be able to get your case dismissed, it’s usually a good idea to work with a lawyer. Remember, the people you’ll be facing in court are all attorneys; you don’t want to go in unprepared. A lawyer will be there to argue your side of the case and explain your charges to you when you go to court.

Don’t take the chance of dealing with a desk appearance ticket on your own. I’ll give you case-specific legal advice and help you make the right decisions. Call or Text Me at 917-856-1247 and tell me what’s going on; I’ll point you in the right direction.