“Sooooooo the other day I may have been arrested. I was, actually. I need to accept that. Anyway, I got this Desk Appearance or that’s what the paper thing says. What do I do? I don’t know what to do? Do I go to the jail? Do I go to the court? I don’t know what’s going on. I mean what’s this about PL 240.20?”


As you noted in the question, you have received a Desk Appearance Ticket and you must go to court on the day which is listed on the slip. While jail is highly unlikely, so don’t panic too much, it is very important for you to appear when scheduled. It would also be a very good idea to hire a Criminal Lawyer Buffalo ny who can review your case before the arraignment. Although a lengthy criminal history could possible alter the analysis, it sounds like an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal and a sealed criminal record is entirely reasonable.


To give you a better idea of the paper you have received, a desk appearance ticket (DAT), also known simply as an appearance ticket, provides you with written noticed, signed by a police officer or other authorized public official, which directs an individual to appear in a designated local criminal court at a specific time in relation to the alleged violation or criminal activity. Under New York’s CPL 150.10(1), any notice that conforms to this general description is an appearance ticket.

Because you have been charged with a misdemeanor, however, keep in mind, under New York’s CPL § 170.65(e), you have a right to be prosecuted by information.  As a result, without a proper waiver, even if you plead guilty, the issue is preserved on appeal, which means the conviction would almost certainly be reversed on appeal.


For more questions, contact a Criminal Lawyer Buffalo, NY and schedule a free consultation

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