Thanks Fran - I really appreciate that you affirmed my feeling that I should go to the DA and at least talk with them. I am so ashamed and if I had been sober, I would have walked by such a place without a nod. I will make an appointment with the DA now. My additional question: Will the "time" between last Thursday and today hurt my chances of a complaint as well as stopping payment (if the DA's office advises to do so)? - Larry
Hi Larry, Sounds to me like you walked in already having had one too many drinks and they took shameless advantage of you. You don't need an appointment to talk to a DA. There are hundreds of ADAs in Manhattan. Someone will be òn intake to take new complaints, pretty much 24/7. You would have until the statute of limitations ran out to report this crime. On a felony in NYS that's 5 years (2 on a misdemeanor). So the delay can't hurt you. The quicker you go in there though, the better for purposes of the actual case. You can write a very short delay like this one off to embarrassment, and nobody in their right mind would misunderstand that. If you wait too long, even though technically the charges can still be filed, you could make it too hard for the DA to prove. As to the stopping of payment, you would have to look to your agreement with your credit card companhy, but you're still within the same billing period now, and that delay shouldn't hurt you either.
18+ years of NYS litigation experience.
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