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Common NYC Desk Appearance Tickets

Assault Theft (Larceny)
Harassment Hit and run
Lewdness / Exposure Theft of services (taxi / restaurant / hotel)
Property damage (mischief) Stalking
Suspended License Solicitation
Illegal weapon Drug possession
Forgery (fake document) Trespassing

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A New York City Desk Appearance Ticket is an official notice given to you by the NYPD directing you to appear in New York City Criminal Court in connection with a crime you are bring charged with. The Desk Appearance Ticket is designed to provide you with certain minimal information required by CPL section 150.10, however, it is not the same thing as a complaint so it won't give you very much information about what, exactly, you are alleged to have done wrong.

In New York City, receiving a Desk Appearance Ticket from the NYPD requires that you appear in criminal court on the date specified on the ticket for arraignment (or "return date" on the Desk Appearance Ticket). An arraignment is, generally, the beginning of your criminal case. The purpose of the arraignment is to give the prosecutor an opportunity to officially file criminal charges in a criminal complaint, the court a chance to consider setting bail, and your attorney a chance to argue on your behalf. Depending on what your attorney does or does not do, your case could be adjourned or continued to another court date or you may decide to enter a guilty plea to one or all of the charges contained on the complaint. Generally, it is wise to speak with your attorney as soon as you can before the arraignment to decide the best course of action.

If you and your attorney fail to appear in court at the arraignment, this can lead to a warrant being issued for your arrest. This warrant could reflect the nature of the charges for which the desk appearance ticket was originally issued, and could lead to incarceration while you are transported to the court that issued the warrant . A warrant is very serious because it could lead to more incarceration than what you may have received in the underlying case. Can you get your desk appearance ticket date changed? Yes, this is possible but will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case. This is because the criminal court generally makes changing this date difficult or impossible. We can often help clients who have a conflict on their court date with a solution custom tailored to the nature of the conflict. Contact us to discuss this if it is an issue for you.

Desk Appearance Tickets are commonly issued by the NYPD because it saves the City money by avoiding incarceration costs while you wait to see a judge. Almost any New York City misdemeanor can be charged by way of a Desk Appearance Ticket. Occasionally, felony charges can be filed when you appear in court for your Desk Appearance Ticket. This is because final charging decisions are left up to the prosecutor, not the NYPD. For example, if you were arrested in New York City for misdemeanor drug possession and given a Desk Appearance Ticket, you could be charged with felony drug possession when you appear in court if the weight of the drugs technically makes it a felony. Worse, the risk of bail would increase because of the felony charges.

New York City Desk Appearance Tickets are handled at 100 Centre Street or 314 West 54th Street in Manhattan, 120 Schermerhorn Street or 88 Visitation Place in Brooklyn, and 125-01 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens for Queens cases. These criminal courthouses are designed to process a wide range of criminal charges so desk appearance ticket arraignments are often mixed in with jail arraignments and other matters.

Lance Fletcher, a former Manhattan prosecutor and experienced New York City Criminal Defense Attorney, can fight to get your desk appearance ticket charges dismissed. If you were arrested and given a Desk Appearance Ticket, contact us today (212) 619-3900 for a case evaluation. Your rights are often time sensitive so the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help.

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If you were issued a Desk Appearance Ticket in New York City, you need a good lawyer because conviction can lead to a permanent criminal record and worse. Most misdemeanors are punishable by up to 1 year in jail. We have avoided jail time and obtained dismissals for countless desk appearance ticket clients charged with shoplifting, cocaine, MDMA, and marijuana possession, possession of stolen property, larceny, assault, exposure, theft of services, and other crimes. Our clients are typically good people in bad situation including financial professionals, teachers, doctors, business people, government employees, and other professionals who realize that a criminal record could lead to joblessness.

We are often asked how a desk appearance ticket can be dismissed. Like a lot of things in law, a quick answer is usually a wrong answer so Lance Fletcher prefers to spend a little time to get to know you and your situation. It is from these details of your case that a winning strategy can often be realized. Mr. Fletcher can also take steps to verify that your record has been properly cleared depending on the outcome of your case. Whether you were recently arrested or the arrest happened weeks or months ago, contact us for a case evaluation to discuss your options. The sooner you call, the sooner we can help. We are available 7 days a week at (212) 619-3900, email us at, or you can submit a contact form below.

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With such serious penalties at stake, it is essential that you reach out to our firm right away. With prosecution experience, we are able to predict the actions that the opposing side may take, and counteract them to build an even stronger defense. From the moment of your initial consultation all the way through your final resolution, we will work tirelessly to help you secure the most favorable results possible. To learn more about the defense we provide or to schedule your case evaluation, be sure to contact us today.

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