Minor Offenses and Desk Appearance Tickets (DATs)
New York Summons Lawyers
The NYPD sets out each day to hand out summonses or Desk Appearance Tickets
(DATs) for minor crimes. New York summons and DATs are only issued for
non-violent crimes and to first-time offenders. Some of the charges that
generally warrant a summons or DAT are: theft of services (jumping the
turnstile), public urination, shoplifting, possession of small amounts
of controlled substances, and possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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What happens if you have been issued a summons or DAT?
If you have been given a summons or a DAT, you luckily will not go through
the "system," or experience the normal arraignment procedure.
This is a plus, considering that the normal arraignment procedure may
keep you in a holding cell for sometimes close to 24 hours. The procedure
when one is issued a New York summons or DAT is much more palpable. When
you are stopped and given either a summons or a DAT, you will be given
a "ticket" and told to return to the criminal courthouse, depending
on which borough you were stopped, on a day in the future. Usually it
may be about two months from the day you receive the summons or the DAT.
Some may think that because these are minor crimes, there is less to worry
about and you will not need the services of an experienced New York criminal
defense lawyer. You should not necessarily think this way. Although the
crimes charged are minor,
they may still be crimes. In fact, when one receives a DAT, it is considered an
arrest. In theory, if you are convicted of the charge on the summons or the DAT,
you could sustain a criminal record, which in turn, could lead to negative
consequences for your employment, driver's license privileges, or
your immigration status. In addition, if you do not return to court on
the date indicated on the summons or DAT, the prosecution can request
and a judge can issue a bench warrant for your arrest. Needless to say,
when you receive a NYC summons or a DAT, it is a good idea to have an
attorney handle it.
What this boils down to is: Do not make what is a relatively minor situation
worse. If you have been arrested and given a New York summons or a DAT,
call Sullivan & Brill, LLP. It is never too early to speak with our
firm. We will advise you of all of the options and risks, as well as appear
with you (or for you if you are a corporation or residing out of the city)
when you are scheduled to appear.