What To Expect After Receiving A DAT
After accusing someone of a crime, the courts handle each case differently. The manner in which each case is dealt with changes every day, and it can be confusing to know what is expected of you. Hiring an attorney and getting the legal guidance you need is a necessity. The The O'Driscoll Law Firm has helped clients throughout New York and can help you, too.
What Is It?
A Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) is an order issued by police to appear in court. This is so that you may respond to any accusation that has been made against you. In most cases, a DAT is issued for a misdemeanor charge. It can also be issued for a violation or certain felony charges. While these charges may not seem severe, they must be taken seriously. It is imperative that you show up in court. If you don’t, a warrant for your arrest will be issued and you could face more severe penalties.
DATs are given to people for a few reasons. Sometimes there isn’t enough room in the local jail. Other times it is because the police think you are trustworthy and believe you will come back on your court date. While you won’t get fingerprinted or brought into a station, you are still being accused of a crime. Attorney Hannah O’Driscoll can help negotiate your settlement or try to get your fine lowered. Having an experienced attorney can only help you.