One of the great things about living in (and visiting) New York City is
the amazing nightlife. The city is home to some of the best nightclubs
and bars in the world, including places in the Meatpacking District like
Tenjune, 1Oak, The Griffin, Gaslight, Beaumarchais, the Standard (The
Top of the Standard and Le Bain),as well as other clubs throughout Manhattan,
such as Lavo, Santos Party House, Provocateur, Output, the Jane Hotel,
Mehanata, Verboten, Cielo, Webster Hall, the Pyramid Club, the 40/40 Club,
and the Marquee, among countless others. Unfortunately, arrests for theft,
assault, sexual assault, and drugs are common at these sorts of establishments,
and some unfortunate people aresaddled with more than just a hangover
after a night partying at these places.
The attorneys at Galluzzo & Arnone LLP have represented dozens of people
arrested at nightclubs and bars throughout the city, and our experience
as prosecutors and defense attorneys has taught us that certain types
of cases are quite common. Through our experience on both sides we have
also learned that these types of cases present unique challenges and opportunities
for defense attorneys, and have learned how to best take advantage of
the unique circumstances that these cases often present.
Arrests for theft-related charges are quite typical at NYC nightclubs and
bars. Failing to pay a bar tab at a nightclub – where bottle services
can cost thousands of dollars – can result in an arrest for Theft
of Services (Penal Law Section 165.15), a class A misdemeanor punishable
by up to a year in jail. We find that oftentimes the nightclubs are attempting
to make outrageous and inflated charges and the patron is simply disputing
those charges when being arrested. We have defended other individuals
that were arrested before they could straighten out security checks imposed
by their credit card companies. Typically, these cases can be resolved
with non-criminal dispositions and payment for the services, and we have
done that for many of our clients.
We have represented other individuals charged with stealing property from
nightclubs. Thefts of purses and wallets typically result in felony charges
for Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (Penal Law Section 155.30) because
they involve credit cards, but can even result in more serious charges
where the stolen property is valued in excess of three thousand dollars.
Intoxication can sometimes be a defense to those individuals that stole
items accidentally or when too drunk to form the requisite criminal intent.
Also, witnesses – such as out-of-town tourists and bouncers –
are oftentimes unreliable or unavailable. We have successfully had all
criminal charges dismissed for a client accused of stealing multiple purses
from a well-known Manhattan nightclub, and have successfully defended
other individuals accused of stealing from bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.
If you or a loved one have been arrested or issued a Desk Appearance Ticket
in connection with an alleged theft that occurred at a nightclub or bar
in New York City, you should strongly consider contacting the experienced
criminal defense attorneys at Galluzzo & Arnone LLP. Their three attorneys
were all former Manhattan prosecutors that used to investigate and prosecute
crimes like these, and they have had considerable success getting theft
charges dismissed for clients in cases originating in nightclubs and bars.