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Desk Appearance Tickets

New York City Shoplifting Desk Appearance Ticket Lawyer

Defending clients against retail theft charges initiated with a Desk Appearance Ticket

Generally, an arrest occurs when a police officer takes you into custody and charges you with a criminal offense. The exact procedure that occurs next varies by jurisdiction but typically you may be photographed, fingerprinted, and held until a judge decides whether or not to release you while the case is pending. In New York City, it can take 24 hours or longer to see a judge and you may be incarcerated during this time.

Instead of making you wait to see a judge immediately following the arrest, a police officer may choose to issue a Desk Appearance Ticket. So, following certain arrests, a Desk Appearance ticket may be issued in lieu of being held at central booking. This ticket will be issued by a police officer which will direct you to appear in court at a specific time and place also called a "return date". When you eventually appear in court, you must be accompanied by your attorney. If you fail to appear as instructed, a warrant for your arrest will be issued by the court based on the charges levied against you. At your appearance, you and your attorney will be informed about the charges and you will receive bail information.

A Desk Appearance ticket is a serious matter, which can result in many adverse consequences. Basically, it is a notice that you are about to be prosecuted by the District Attorney's Office. You will need an experienced attorney, not only because it is required but because you will want to present the most aggressive defense possible. At the law offices of Lance Fletcher, you will find an experienced and capable New York City Desk Appearance attorney whose entire practice is dedicated to retail theft defense. Attorney Fletcher is a former prosecutor who has handled more than 1,000 criminal cases. Our firm has achieved many effective case results due to his command of criminal law. That is why we strongly advise you to contact the firm to arrange for a consultation in order to understand your position, what to expect, and what can be done to effectively defend you.

Out of State Defendants and Foreign Defendants

New York City is a magnet for tourists and business travelers. Because of this, it is not uncommon that some of our clients live hundreds or thousands of miles away from New York City. Fortunately, Lance Fletcher is experienced at representing clients who live far away from New York City and wish to reduce or eliminate unnecessary travel. If you live outside the New York Metropolitan area or in a foreign country and received a Desk Appearance Ticket, please call us to explore your options. You can also email Lance Fletcher directly at

A Desk Appearance ticket may issued for a number of criminal offenses, including those pertaining to shoplifting, drug possession, assault, harassment, reckless driving, driving without a license, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and more. Our firm is dedicated to defending clients against these types of tickets and focused on helping you achieve a dismissal, where possible. Our experience and positive results in handling Desk Appearance tickets reflect the depth of experience, knowledge, and skills which set our firm apart.

Contact a New York City Desk Appearance attorney at the firm for effective legal representation today.

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