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Every day, dozens of people in Manhattan are arrested for allegedly shoplifting at major department stores, such as Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Sak’s and Nordstrom. Security guards at these stores are oftentimes mistaken in their assessments and rough in their handling of suspects. As such, the experience of being apprehended by store security guards and accused of shoplifting can be jarring and traumatic. Typically, suspects are brought to a private room in the department store and interrogated by security guards. Then, they are forced to sign a trespass notice acknowledging that they are no longer welcome in the store (a warning that they could be arrested for trespassing should they ever return). Afterwards, police arrive and place the suspect in handcuffs and typically take them back to their precinct, fingerprint them, put them in a holding cell for a few hours, and then issue a Desk Appearance Ticket to the suspect and release the suspect. They are typically charged with a violation of Penal Law Section 155.25, Petit Larceny, a Class A misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

A person who receives a Desk Appearance Ticket has in fact been arrested. The Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) instructs the arrested person to appear in court on a future date for the arraignment, or first appearance in court. Usually these arraignment dates are anywhere from two to six weeks later. This at least gives the person some time to choose a good attorney to accompany them to court.

These cases can present numerous problems for people with particular backgrounds. For example, many of the people who receive these sorts of DATs are tourists from out of town or even out of the country. Returning back to New York for a court appearance can be difficult if not impossible for such people. Matthew Galluzzo routinely makes arrangements for out-of-town clients to appear virtually or via affidavit in these matters, and can possibly assist you if that is an issue.

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Thousands of domestic and international travelers pass through John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City every day. It should be unsurprising, then, that every day, Port Authority Police officers arrest a few travelers and give them Desk Appearance Tickets. A Desk Appearance Ticket is a summons given to a person who has been arrested for a criminal offense, and it directs them to appear before a judge in criminal court at a later date. Desk Appearance Tickets are usually reserved for misdemeanor offenses and for those individuals without significant criminal records in the United States.

Common Desk Appearance Tickets from JFK Airport include 1) shoplifting offenses (Petit Larceny – PL 155.25, a Class A misdemeanor) at the JFK retail shops or duty-free stores, 2) misdemeanor possession of controlled substances (PL 220.03), 3) misdemeanor possession of a weapon, such as a knife or collapsable baton or brass knuckles (PL 265.01), 4) theft of services, such as failing to pay a bar or restaurant tab (PL 165.15), and 5) assault (PL 120.00, a Class A misdemeanor). However, there are many other possible offenses at JFK Airport that could result in Desk Appearance Tickets.

A Desk Appearance Ticket is the same thing as a criminal arrest and a conviction for a misdemeanor can give you a permanent and public criminal record. It can also potentially result in jail time, probation, fines, loss of employment, loss of immigration status, and loss of licensure, depending on the circumstances. These DATs must be taken seriously, as should any criminal arrest. Matthew Galluzzo has successfully helped over 100 clients earn dismissals in cases involving Desk Appearance Tickets, and has specifically helped over a dozen clients with charges stemming from JFK Airport.

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