What is a desk appearance ticket, anyway? They issue tickets for your desk's appearance? Do you have to pay big bucks for each coffee stain?
The earliest recorded citations come from New York.
24 October 1974, New York Times, pg. 60:
The men were given desk appearance tickets, similar to subpoenas, directing them to answer the charges in court on Nov. 12.
11 April 1976, New York Times, pg. 38:
He was given a desk-appearance ticket, similar to a summons, which requires his appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court on April 29.
6 October 1976, New York Times, og. 41:
Mario Merola, the Bronx District Attorney, said that because of recent court congestion the police reportedly were giving out "desk-appearance tickets," or subpoenas, instead of making arrests for misdemeanor offenses. These subpoenas waive the arraignment and bail hearing, but require a defendant to appear in court on a specified date.
13 January 1977, New York Times, Letters, pg. 16:
In a procedural sense. the police in the last decade have constantly refined their procedures to adapt to the shortcomings on the post-arrest side, to the point where we are issuing desk appearance tickets for crimes that offend the sensibilities of the average citizen.