Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) Information

NYC DAT Information Provided by Shalley and Murray

Desk Appearance Tickets is an information rich website about the New York City Criminal Desk Appearance Ticket Procedures.  Here you will find information about exactly what it means to be given a Desk Appearance Ticket (also called DAT), what to expect from the process, where to go, and how to get the legal help you need to deal with it.  All the information is provided by long established New York City Criminal Defense Law Firm Shalley and Murray.

Online Desk Appearance Ticket Information

If you have received a desk appearance ticket in New York, or if you have been told that you might receive a desk appearance ticket, you probably have questions about what is going to happen to you and what it all means.

Read about general desk appearance ticket procedures or click on your specific county in New York City below to check for local procedures.

Officer Told You DAT Will be Dismissed or Don't Bother Getting Legal Advice?  Watch this Video.

NYC Criminal Defense lawyer Don Murray discusses the common practice of the police to advise people to whom they give Desk Appearance Tickets (DATs) not to bother getting legal advice because the cases will just be dismissed.

Not From NYC?

Sometimes people who are visiting New York City end up in circumstances that result in a Desk Appearance Ticket.  Although getting a DAT initially is nice in that it avoids a nightmarish 24 hours through "the system," getting a notice to appear in NYC a month down the road can create problems of its own.  Read this article about the alternatives available for people from outside New York City who receive Desk Appearance Tickets.

Take the "Do I Really Need to Bother Hiring a Lawyer for My DAT" Quiz

Strangely, though you are being charged with a crime and sent to Criminal Court, you will hear people suggest that you don't need legal advice and that you should just sort of show up and expect that the best possible result will just happen to you.  Take our DAT Quiz to help you decide whether hiring your own lawyer makes sense for you.

Read Articles Answering the Following Desk Appearance Ticket Questions:

Three Reasons to Hire an Attorney for a Desk Appearance Ticket

    Keep a small problem from becoming a big problem with professional service and affordable prices.  Find out how a desk appearance ticket lawyer from Shalley and Murray can help you

    Everything is Likely to Be Just Fine

    While it is true that you have been arrested, you are likely charged with a crime, and you are being ordered to appear in Criminal Court, the truth is that, managed properly, this DAT is likely to be a short term headache and not some sort of disastrous life changing fork in the road.  It isn't a joke, and you should pay attention.  You are in dangerous territory to be sure.  But with the right guidance, most DAT matters can be resolved quickly and without the world crashing in around you.  Shalley and Murray can provide this guidance at a reasonable cost.  Give us a call and we can talk about it.  If you are losing sleep with worry about your DAT, we can help you with that by calmly and rationally reviewing your situation with you so that you can understand really where you stand. 

    DAT Related Information

    Desk appearance tickets are different from pink summonses. If you are looking for help with a pink summons issued in New York City, visit our pink summons information site.

     If you are looking for information about petit larceny charges in New York City and help with defending petit larcency accusations, visit our petit larceny information website.

    DAT From the Airport

    A great many Desk Appearance Tickets arise as a result of the increased security protocols at JFK and Laguardia airports.  For various policy concerns, these Desk Appearance Ticket can trigger increased scrutiny and cause increased difficulty, especially for cases involving what to you may well have been unknowingly having some sort of weapon (like a knife) in a bag. It would be wise to have a lawyer help you with this and the possible Federal penalties that may arise.

    Read more about the special issues involved with DATs from the airport.


    We Can Help With Desk Appearance Tickets - Call or Text us at 718-268-2171

    My name is Don Murray.  I am a partner at Shalley and Murray and author of all the of desk appearance ticket articles on this site.  I hope you find the information here helpful.

    Try TEXTING us at 718-268-2171.   In Court, we can't often answer the phone or listen to voice messages, but we CAN often respond to text messages.  Remember that texting should be used simply to reach out, and not as an opportunity to discuss confidential matters.

    Client Review

    Here is a nice email I received (reprinted with permission, although anonymously) from a client at the conclusion of this client's DAT case:

    Thank you very much for your direct and honest valuable advise throughout this ordeal. This was in stark contrast to the many other lawyers I had contacted initially, most of whom seem to take advantage of the fact that an individual may be vulnerable and may not do the research required to understand the process. Scaremongering seemed to be the norm; one lawyer was charging up to 15k in fees as he wanted me to know that a jail sentence may be a potential outcome!

    Thank you very much. I sincerely appreciate your assistance.
    — DAT Client of Don Murray

    Changing DAT Dates

    Sometimes, getting a Desk Appearance Ticket can actually cause bigger problems because of the delay between arrest and arraignment.  Jobs, for example, will occasionally suspend employees based on the arrest.  When the DAT appearance date is a month or more away, this can be a major problem.  The police will often say that you can "just go to court" to change the date.  This is not true.  What is true is that sometimes an attorney can arrange an earlier date.

    Read more about changing the date of your upcoming DAT

    Consultations are Free and Simple

    While some clients always prefer to visit us in person at the office for consultations, and this is great, we offer alternatives.  If taking time from work or school, looking for parking and such is something you would like to avoid, no problem.  We are happy to arrange a video conference via SkypeFaceTime, or Google + Hangouts at a time convenient for you (think nights and weekends).  Or just call us at 718-268-2171 and we can simply talk over the phone if you like.  Whatever works for you is fine for us.

    "But the Officer told me..."

    A steady stream of our clients tell us that the police officers who arrested them and gave them their Desk Appearance Tickets also gave them legal advice like "Don't bother to hire a lawyer" or "You don't need a lawyer for a Desk Appearance Ticket."  This is silly advice they wouldn't follow themselves.  It may not be the most complicated case in the history of mankind, and it may not require enormous heavy lifting by a lawyer, but you have been arrested and you therefore need legal advice.  If you are reading this, then you already have a sense that you need legal advice.

    Read more about the misinformation campaign of the NYPD regarding Desk Appearance Tickets

    Not Former Prosecutors

    Browsing around the web, you will run across constant reminders from some criminal defense lawyers that they were former prosecutors.  They will pitch their status as former prosecutors to you on variations of the theme that they have some inside secret knowledge that they can and will use to your advantage.  Frankly, I am weary of reading this.

    Another way of putting their status as former prosecutors is as follows: "Until a short time ago, I would have gladly done everything in my power to make sure you got the worst possible result, including possibly a criminal record and jail time."

    Criminal defense is as about as different a job from prosecution as it is different from being a candlestick maker.  

    Generally, prosecutors get used to having things go their way.  As a defense lawyer you have to learn to be able to "take a punch" and not fall apart when everything doesn't go perfectly.  It is an entirely different experience and practice.  The notion that they are imbued with some sort of secret knowledge that they will use to your advantage is appealing, perhaps, but in practice downright ludicrous.  In fact,  if I had a nickel for every time a current prosecutor has complained to me about former prosecutors reminding them of their former status, I would be a far wealthier man.  Now, they want to call you "client".  A short time ago, when they were prosecutors, you would have been called "the perp".

    We have never prosecuted anyone.  We have never put someone in the position that you find yourself in now.  Instead, we have helped people just like you for the last 25 years.


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