Woodbury Commons, located in Woodbury, New York, is a well-known outlet mall with high-end stores including: Adidas, Armani, Balenciaga, Balmain, Burberry, Brioni, Canali, Chloe, Coach, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Ferragamo, Givenchy, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Kenzo, Lacoste, Lanvin, Longchamp, Lululemon, Maison Margiela, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Moncler, Montblanc, Movado, Nike, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Polo Ralph Lauren, Theory, Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Tumi, Tag Heuer, North Face, Versace, and Zegna, among many others.
Every year, tourists flock to Woodbury Commons from around the world to shop the discount prices offered at these designer outlet stores. Unfortunately, some are also accused of attempting to steal merchandise from these stores. Those individuals are typically referred to local Woodbury police for arrest processing after being apprehended by store security. People arrested and accused of shoplifting at Woodbury Commons are typically handcuffed by the police, taken to the police station, fingerprinted, and issued a Desk Appearance Ticket directing them to appear in Woodbury Town Court a few weeks later to answer to charges of Petit Larceny (a class A misdemeanor in violation of PL 155.25) or Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (a class E felony in violation of PL 155.30). The more serious charge – Grand Larceny – can apply where the merchandise allegedly stolen exceeds $1000 in value.
Many of the people arrested and issued Desk Appearance Tickets are tourists visiting from out of state or even out of the country. As such, returning to Woodbury for a court appearance a few weeks or months later is impractical or impossible. Thankfully, in some cases, an attorney can be retained to appear in the place of the arrested person, such that the arrested person does not have to personally return to court. Matthew Galluzzo has represented many foreign and out of state residents in this manner. Using a notarized affidavit drafted by Mr. Galluzzo, in some cases Mr. Galluzzo can go to court on behalf of a person accused of these crimes and negotiate a disposition of the case that does not result in a permanent or public criminal record. This permits the person with the Desk Appearance Ticket to continue with their trip on schedule without having to delay their flight home or booking a return trip for the sole purpose of appearing in court. Of course, that potentially saves the arrested person a significant amount of time, stress and expense.