A desk appearance ticket may be issued if an individual is caught with a small amount of drugs. The arresting officer will take the individual to the precinct to check if there is a criminal record or open warrant. If the person has no prior record they will be issued a desk appearance ticket to report to court on a specified date. The DAT means that the person will not be spending that night in jail, however they may still face prison time for the crime. If you have been issued a DAT contact NYC criminal defense attorney Paul D. Petrus, Jr. by phone at 212-564-2440 or through his website to schedule your free consultation.