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Case Results

Criminal Mischief Charges Dismissed Prior to Arraignment

July 2021


  • Criminal Court of the City of New York, County of Queens


  • New York Penal Law 145.00(1) criminal mischief in the fourth degree.


  • Our client was arrested by a detective from the 105th precinct for allegedly breaking the windows of a car that he owned. This, of course, is not a crime in New York. A person is allowed to destroy their own property. The complainant was our client's ex-girlfriend. I was able to heavily negotiate this matter with the Queens DA Intake Bureau and the complaining witness herself and this matter was 343'd. Or stated differently, the Queens County District Attorney's Office decided not to prosecute or pursue charges. 


  • No charges were ever filed against our client, and our client was not arraigned on this matter before a judge. Our client was released from custody the very same day.
  • It is important to remember that this result is not typical. Our firm has over 10 years combined experience with criminal defense and this was the first time we ever had charges dismissed before an arraignment. Prior results of course do not guarantee a similar outcome in any future cases. 

Practice area(s): Criminal Defense

John Scarpa

John Scarpa joined the firm June 1, 2021 and focuses his practice on criminal defense and traffic violations.

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