Summonses and Desk Appearance Tickets
What is a Summons?
New York City police have a great deal of discretion for handling a wide
variety of minor criminal offenses and so-called "quality of life"
charges. These can range from beating a subway fare to open container
violations or possession of a small amount of marijuana.
Although you run the risk of arrest for any number of these offenses, you're
more likely to be given a court summons or desk appearance ticket, provided
you haven't made a bad situation worse by resisting or offending the
officer. A court summons is the less serious of these approaches, and
basically requires you to pay a fine or show up in court in three months.
What is a Desk Appearance Ticket?
Somewhat more serious is a desk appearance ticket, which requires an appearance
within 30 days. To learn about the full range of your options for clearing
up either of these matters, get the advice of an experienced defense lawyer
at Galluzzo & Arnone LLP in Manhattan.
If you pay the fine, you're pleading guilty to the offense charged,
which can have continuing consequences for you for years to come. If you
don't pay the fine or appear on either a court summons or desk appearance
ticket, you risk escalation of the original charge and issuance of a bench warrant.
At Galluzzo & Arnone LLP, our attorneys know how to read between the
lines in both kinds of citations. Sometimes, we find mistakes on the part
of the police officer to support a motion for dismissal based on a failure
to state the basic facts necessary to convict on the offense charged.
Even if the court summons or desk appearance ticket was issued in the
proper form, we can often resolve the charge on terms that will protect
Examples of the kinds of cases most frequently charged on a summons or
- Marijuana possession
- Disorderly conduct
- Visiting or loitering in city parks after dark
- Riding a bicycle on the sidewalk
- Public urination
- Underage drinking
- Open container of alcohol
- Knives in public view or with blades longer than 4 inches
The best approach to the resolution of any particular court summons or
desk appearance ticket will depend on the specific facts of the case and
your interest in avoiding the continuing consequences of a guilty plea.
To learn more about our law firm's approach to these cases, contact
Galluzzo & Arnone LLP in Manhattan.
Please see our blog for more information about the marijuana desk appearance ticket.
Galluzzo & Arnone LLP has a superb record of obtaining dismissals of
our clients' marijuana cases.