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150 “Not Guilty” Verdicts/Case Dismissals…and Counting

Last week, the Law Office of Chris Van Vechten had its 150th case dismissal: a possession of a stolen motor vehicle case.  These are cases where Chris took the client to trial and received “not guilty” verdicts on all counts or via motion/negotiation in the pre-trial phase got all charges completely dismissed.  Chris has successfully secured split verdicts or reduced charges/sentences on hundreds of other cases, but these 150 represent total victory for the client.

The following represents the collective number of charged counts Chris has successfully gotten dismissed (not reduced) or won at trial:


  • Animal Cruelty in the Second Degree: (1)
  • Assault in the Third Degree:  (3)
  • Assault in the fourth degree:  (9)
  • Assault in the Fourth Degree Domestic Violence:  (49)
  • Attempted Burglary:   (1)
  • Bail Jumping: (14)
  • Burglary: (2)
  • Computer Trespass in the Second Degree: (1)
  • Criminal Impersonation: (1)
  • Disorderly Conduct: (1)
  • Driving While License Suspended in the First Degree: (2)
  • Driving While License Suspended in the Second Degree: (1)
  • Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree:  (6)
  • Drug Loitering: (1)
  • DUI: (2)
  • Escape from Community Custody: (1)
  • Failure to Obey a Police Officer: (2)
  • Forgery: (7)
  • Harassment (2)
  • Harassment Domestic Violence: (2)
  • Hit and Run Attended: (3)
  • Hit and Run Unattended: (2)
  • Identity Theft in the first degree: (1)
  • Identity Theft in the second degree: (8)
  • Interfering with reporting domestic violence: (4) 
  • Making a False Statement to a Police Officer: (2)
  • Malicious Mischief in the third degree: (2)
  • Malicious Mischief in the third degree domestic violence: (10)
  • Minor in Possession: (4)
  • Obstructing a Police Officer: (8)
  • Organized Retail Theft in the second degree: (2)
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon (1)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia: (8)
  • Possession of Motor Vehicle Theft Tools: (1)
  • Possession of a Stolen Firearm: (1)
  • Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle: (9)
  • Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree: (6)
  • Rendering Criminal Assistance in the Third Degree: (1)
  • Residential Burglary: (3)
  • Residential Burglary Domestic Violence: (5)
  • Resisting Arrest: (5)
  • Retail Theft with Special Circumstances in the Third Degree: (2)
  • Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Permission in the Second Degree Domestic Violence: (1)
  • Theft in the Second Degree: (14)
  • Theft in the Third Degree: (13)
  • Theft of a Motor Vehicle: (1)
  • Trafficking in Stolen Property in the First Degree: (4)
  • Trespass in the First Degree:  (3)
  • Trespass in the Second Degree: (6)
  • Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance: (1)
  • Unlawful Keg Registration: (1)
  • Unlawful Issuance of Bank Checks: (1)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance: (23)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute: (5)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree: (6)
  • Unlawful Use of a Building for Drug Purposes: (1)
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon: (1)
  • Unlawful Use of a Payment Instrument: (1)
  • Violation of a No Contact Order: (1)
  • Violation of a No Contact Order Domestic Violence: (18)
  • Violation of a No Contact Order Felony: (1)