DAT Lawyer - Here's What You Need to Know about Getting a Lawyer
A DAT is a problem worth solving well...with an attorney
The police officer who arrested you probably told you not to worry about getting a lawyer for your DAT. The arresting officer probably even tried to make you believe that you weren't arrested. Wrong. You have been arrested. (See my video about whether a DAT means you have been arrested.)
On the other hand, that doesn't mean it is the end of the world, either. Many DATs charge relatively minor crimes and many people who get DATs have little or no criminal history. Many DATs are indeed smaller scale problems than the sorts of cases that come to mind when you think about New York City Criminal Court.
In the big picture, you are likely to live to see another day. You can probably relax a little. But in the smaller picture, this is a problem, and a problem worth taking seriously to make sure you get it solved well. Although there are certainly pathways to successful resolutions of DAT matters, you don't want to take the attitude of "I am being sent to New York City Criminal Criminal Court. What could possibly go wrong?"
Here's the Problem
You have been arrested and charged with a crime. You are being ordered to appear in Criminal Court to answer criminal charges. If this isn't enough to get your attention, remember that we live in a world where even being accused of a crime can create problems for people outside the world of Criminal Court in areas like immigration, employment, student loans, housing, and more.
Here's the Solution
The solution to this problem is to get experienced legal help, customized to your individual situation, to guide you to the best possible resolution for your case. The solution is to call or text Shalley and Murray at 347-674-1549 to be your guide through this process.
Two Possible Ways to Get the Advice You Need
You essentially have two choices for how to get legal advice about your DAT. The first choice is to do nothing until your scheduled court appearance and see what sort of legal advice you might find waiting for you (if you qualify) when you show up alone in New York City Criminal Court. The second choice is to start getting help from a private lawyer right away. You can call or text us at 347-674-1549 to begin.
Do You Want Personalized Service and Advice Right Away or Something Else?
If you were to sit down and imagine exactly how you would want to to get advice about your criminal case, would you say, "I want to get the legal advice I need in a public hallway surrounded by others impatient to talk to the same lawyer and whoever else happens by. I also want this public meeting with my lawyer to be the only legal advice I get before shortly being required to stand up on the record in front of the Judge."?
I'm thinking that isn't what you would describe as your idea of how, in a perfect world, you want to get your legal advice about your criminal case. But if you wait until your court appearance, this is exactly how you will be getting legal advice about your case.
If you have your own lawyer from Shalley and Murray, you are a phone call or an appointment away from being able to have an in depth, private discussion for as long as you like, until every question you may have is answered to your satisfaction, long before you are minutes from being forced to stand up in Court before the Judge. We make ourselves available to our clients to help them understand the process and their circumstances. We make sure that our clients know how we are going to navigate them through their cases well in advance.
The Lawyer YOU Choose
In imagining the ideal situation for you, would you say, "I don't care at all who my lawyer is, how much experience my lawyer has, or whether I personally feel like my DAT lawyer can provide advice I can rely on. Just give me whoever. What could possibly go wrong?"
In a perfect world, this would not be what you would say. But if you wait until your court appearance date to get your legal advice, you will get that legal advice from someone chosen for you at random. Maybe it will be someone with some experience or it might be someone who hasn't even passed the bar exam yet, who is practicing under a Court Order that allows prospective lawyers to practice under supervision.
In a perfect world, wouldn't you rather get your legal advice from a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer with decades of experience in Criminal Court who has handled countless cases just like yours.
At Shalley and Murray we have more than 25 years experience handling nothing but criminal defense cases. More than likely we have handled many cases just like yours, and many far more serious cases.
In a perfect world, would you say, "I want to have to take the whole day off of work or school because I have no idea whether I am going to be seen first or last, and I don't mind having to wait around all day if necessary."?
In a perfect world, you would prefer to be able to confidently predict being done in court with your desk appearance ticket case by 10am. This is exactly what you get when you have an attorney from Shalley and Murray with you.
Do not fall into the trap of thinking that the time printed on your DAT form is some sort of specific appointment for you. Your case will be called at such time as your lawyer (private or public defender) prepares and files a notice of appearance with the Court. If you are expecting the public defenders to handle your case, you need to understand that someone will be first and someone will be last and that the public defenders will handle more than 100 cases in a day. There is no way to predict when you will be called. Be prepared to wait for the public defenders.
Our lawyer will already know enough about your case to file a notice of appearance as soon as the two of you enter the courtroom. Since the public defenders will likely be still in the process of interviewing and preparing their cases, this means that we can often have your case called nearly immediately.
legal representation is affordable
Having handled countless cases just like yours over the last 27 years, our DAT lawyers have the knowledge, experience, and judgment to provide the guidance you need to protect all of your interests efficiently, and therefore affordably. In most cases, we can handle your DAT case with a simple fixed fee that is likely to be far more manageable for you than what you might have expected.
Call a Desk Appearance Ticket Lawyer Now
Call or text us now at 347-674-1549 to see how we can help you with your Desk Appearance Ticket.