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A desk appearance ticket (D.A.T) is a summons to appear in court often given for low-level misdemeanors and violations. Often times those given a D.A.T. do not realize just how serious they are and try to appear in court on them without an attorney. Doing so can place a person at risk of being convicted of a crime or violation that could give them a permanent record and thus haunt them forever. It is why anyone ever given a D.A.T. should always consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney before appearing in court to ensure that their rights are protected.

The types of crimes regularly charged by a D.A.T. are petit larceny (aka shoplifting), driving with a suspended license and Driving While Intoxicated, just to name a few. All of those charges are misdemeanors and if someone is convicted of a misdemeanor it exposes them to sentences that can include large fines, probation and even the possibility of jail. However, consulting with and hiring a criminal defense attorney can often lead to a reduction or even the dismissal of the charges.

The Nassau County Criminal Defense Attorney’s at Schalk, Ciaccio, and Kahn are all former prosecutors experienced in defending those charged with all types of crimes, including those charged via desk appearance tickets or summons. They routinely assist clients in obtaining extremely favorable dispositions in these types of cases.

For more information, you can visit our website at or call to set up a free consultation at 516-858-1266.

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