Desk Appearance Ticket / DAT


First, let me answer a few frequently asked questions:


  • The cop told me this will get dropped on the first day - do I need a lawyer?

    • You're reading this, what does that tell you?

    • The police say whatever it takes to keep you calm in the stationhouse, and telling you it will be "dropped" works all the time.  But did he tell you:

      • You have been arrested;

      • Your fingerprints are now in a national database;

      • A NYSID # - a NYS criminal ID number - will be assigned to your name;

      • Your "mug shot" is in a database as well;

      • When you get to court there will be a "rap sheet" in the file with your name on it;

      • This case could result in you having a criminal record;

      • Criminal records CANNOT be expunged in NY, it will be there forever;

      • A criminal record could prevent you from holding certain jobs.



This is not something to be taken lightly.  The fact that the officer elected to give you a DAT, and the fact that you will more than likely come out of this without a “criminal record” does not mean you have nothing to worry about.  Until the case is over, you need to be wary of any information you may get from friends or relatives who have either gotten a DAT or, who work in law enforcement.  Getting a DAT does not mean the case is worthless and will surely be dismissed – if that’s what you’re thinking, you are on dangerous ground.  You are being charged with a crime and that is not something to trifle with.



  • What happens if I miss the court date?

    • A bench warrant will be issued for your arrest and the police will come and get you.  

    • Make sure you go to court on the date specified.


  • Where is the Courthouse?

    • Queens: 125-10 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

    • Brooklyn has two courts for this:

      • Criminal Court: 120 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      • Red Hook Community Court: 88 Visitation Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11231

    • Manhattan also has two courts:

      • Criminal Court: 100 Centre St., NY, NY 10013

      • Mid-Town Community Court: 314 West 54th St., NY, NY 10019

    • ​Nassau County: 

      • ​99 Main Street, Hempstead, NY 11550


  • Can I get the date changed?

    • MAYBE.  It is possible to change the court date, but you must have a very good reason. 


  • The Police made me post “Bail” at the precinct – can they do that?

    • Yes.  “Stationhouse Bail” is very rare in the Five Boroughs.  I have never seen NYPD take “Stationhouse Bail”.  This is more common in outer counties – Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, etc.  Usually, it’s $500 or less, and you will get it back at the end of the case.



You should start taking this seriously right now.  Call me: 718-846-5843




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