New York Consolidated Laws, Criminal Procedure Law - CPL § 150.20 Appearance ticket;  when and by whom issuable




1. Whenever a police officer is authorized pursuant to section 140.10 to arrest a person without a warrant for an offense other than a class A, B, C or D felony or a violation of section 130.25 , 130.40 , 205.10 , 205.17 , 205.19 or 215.56 of the penal law , he may, subject to the provisions of subdivisions three and four of section 150.40 , instead issue to and serve upon such person an appearance ticket.

2. (a) Whenever a police officer has arrested a person without a warrant for an offense other than a class A, B, C or D felony or a violation of section 130.25 , 130.40 , 205.10 , 205.17 , 205.19 or 215.56 of the penal law pursuant to section 140.10 , or (b) whenever a peace officer, who is not authorized by law to issue an appearance ticket, has arrested a person for an offense other than a class A, B, C or D felony or a violation of section 130.25 , 130.40 , 205.10 , 205.17 , 205.19 or 215.56 of the penal law pursuant to section 140.25 , and has requested a police officer to issue and serve upon such arrested person an appearance ticket pursuant to subdivision four of section 140.27 , or (c) whenever a person has been arrested for an offense other than a class A, B, C or D felony or a violation of section 130.25 , 130.40 , 205.10 , 205.17 , 205.19 or 215.56 of the penal law and has been delivered to the custody of an appropriate police officer pursuant to section 140.40 , such police officer may, instead of bringing such person before a local criminal court and promptly filing or causing the arresting peace officer or arresting person to file a local criminal court accusatory instrument therewith, issue to and serve upon such person an appearance ticket.  The issuance and service of an appearance ticket under such circumstances may be conditioned upon a deposit of pre-arraignment bail, as provided in section 150.30 .

3. A public servant other than a police officer, who is specially authorized by state law or local law enacted pursuant to the provisions of the municipal home rule law to issue and serve appearance tickets with respect to designated offenses other than class A, B, C or D felonies or violations of section 130.25 , 130.40 , 205.10 , 205.17 , 205.19 or 215.56 of the penal law , may in such cases issue and serve upon a person an appearance ticket when he has reasonable cause to believe that such person has committed a crime, or has committed a petty offense in his presence.





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