If you were able to avoid the central booking process and walk out of the station with a DAT, you should breathe a quick sigh of relief, and then you should call an attorney.
You now have an open arrest record, you have been fingerprinted by New York police, and you have a case on the docket with your name on it.
If you fail to appear, expect a bench warrant to be issued for your arrest.
You may feel like the desk appearance ticket means that the charges against you aren’t serious or that the courts aren’t taking them seriously, but that’s incorrect.
Desk Appearance Tickets are simply a convenience for the police, and they have a side effect of being convenient for the relatively few people who are able to be processed with a DAT instead of a trip to central booking.
If you’ve been charged with a crime and received a Desk Appearance Ticket in New York, don’t take chances with your future.
Call the criminal defense team at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-599-1111 for a free consultation.