Usually, with less serious offenses, the Police may issue a Desk Appearance Ticket (D.A.T.) Rather than go through Central Booking and the usual arraignment process, the accused will be released from the Police precinct after being given a date to return to Court. When you return to Court, you will be arraigned on the charge(s). You will need an Attorney to protect your rights as bail may be requested by the Prosecutor and possibly imposed by the Judge. Even if you think you're given a break by being issued a D.A.T., you will want zealous representation at your arraignment and throughout your case.
Do not think, for a second, that the issuance of a Desk Appearance Ticket means that the Prosecution will not zealously prosecute the offenses charged. To ensure the best result, you must protect yourself with the dedicated services of the Law Office of Stephen A. Gargiulo.