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

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.

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.

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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

    All About Desk Appearance Tickets

    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. should go a long way toward answering most of your questions in a straightforward, easy to understand format.

    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.

    We are not the Court. We are a private New York criminal defense law firm with offices in New York City and Westchester County. We have more than 20 years experience defending people accused of crimes in New York, including many people with Desk Appearance Tickets. Whether you simply have a question or two, or want to make an appointment for a free consultation to speak to a criminal defense lawyer, please do not hesitate to call.  

    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.


    We Can Help With Desk Appearance Tickets - Call 718-268-2171

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

    If you have any further questions, or would like to talk to us about helping you with your Desk Appearance Ticket, please do not hesitate to call 718-268-2171.

    Or try TEXTING us at 718-268-2171.  Texting is probably the fastest way to get in touch directly with one of our lawyers without the need to go through a secretary or leave a voice message.  In Court lawyers can't often answer the phone or listen to voice messages, but they CAN often respond to text messages.  Remember that texting should be used simply to reach out to a lawyer, and not as an opportunity to discuss confidential matters.  Texting should not be considered secure.

    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

    I Got a DAT at 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.

    "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

    Client Testimonial

    Here is a nice email I received 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."

    This email is reproduced with the permission of my client, although of course anonymously. I realize anonymous testimonials on the web may not be the most reliable source, but my business requires the utmost respect for the privacy of my clients.