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NYC Desk Appearance Tickets (DAT) Attorney

Mark I. Cohen is an experienced New York City Desk Appearance Tickets attorney who frequently handles Desk Appearance Tickets (DATs) in the New York City Courts. In New York City, the NYPD has three options when they witness or receive a report that a crime was committed. Of course, they can make an immediate custodial arrest; they can issue a summons, or in some class E felonies and with most misdemeanor crimes, they can issue a DAT. Do not let the word “ticket” fool you. The fact that a person has received a DAT means that they have been charged with a crime.

If the police choose to issue a DAT, they will do so after arresting and booking the accused. A DAT commands an individual to appear for arraignment in front of a New York City Criminal Court judge at a later date. An individual who receives a DAT faces a possible criminal record and punishment including a fine and/or jail time. A person accused by a DAT will need an experienced New York City criminal defense attorney.

DATs are usually issued for relatively minor crimes such as shoplifting, possession of marijuana, open container violations, theft of services, and public urination. The NYPD may also issue a DAT for a Class E felony, or for a non-criminal violation such as disorderly conduct. DATs are generally issued to those without a prior history of a bench warrant being issued for failing to appear in Court.

During his 28 years of criminal defense practice, Mark I. Cohen has mastered the procedural and substantive law pertaining to New York State crimes and the most effective methods of representing defendants charged with crimes by DATs in New York.

By retaining Mark I. Cohen, a defendant who receives a DAT maximizes the chances that:

  1. He or she may be able to prevail on a motion to dismiss the accusatory instrument (if the instrument is defective);
  2. He or she will be able to suppress any evidence illegally seized by investigators (if the evidence was obtained in violation of the defendant’s rights);
  3. He or she will be able to prevail at trial;
  4. He or she will be able to obtain the best plea bargain possible should there be compelling evidence of the defendant’s guilt; and
  5. He or she will be able to receive a non-incarceratory sentence.

If you have received a DAT, you should contact Mark I. Cohen, an experienced NYC DAT attorney, to maximize your chances of preserving your freedom, reputation, and assets.

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"... Mr. Cohen's effort... in everything he has done before the Court, is A-Plus... [R]ecently, in another case... [before me], the result he achieved for his client... was quite impressive." Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"So I have very sophisticated counsel here and, Mr. Cohen, [your client] is very fortunate in having you as his attorney, and I hope he appreciates that." – Quote from the Honorable Denise L. Cote, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, on May 9, 2014.


"As Mark Cohen, a defense lawyer who has tried cases throughout the city and was a prosecutor in the Bronx, pointed out, there is a saying among defense lawyers in New York." – As provided in the New York Times City Room Blog.

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