Man charged in the Bristol County; New Bedford District Court for:
- Malicious Destruction of Property under $1,200 – M.G.L. c. 266, § 127
- Breaking & Entering a Building during the Nighttime for a Felony – M.G.L. c. 266, § 16
Police were dispatched to an apartment in New Bedford, Massachusetts for the report of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, police spoke to the alleged victim, who stated she was in a two-year dating relationship with her boyfriend. They were recently having some struggles. Earlier in the day, she changed the locks on the door. When the boyfriend showed up to the apartment to learn of the changed locks, he became angry and kicked in the apartment door to gain entry. She then called her parents to report what occurred and her father called police. Responding officers observed the broken door frame and damaged locking mechanism. Based on the woman’s statements and observations of police, the boyfriend was criminally charged in New Bedford District Court with Malicious Destruction of Property Under $1,200 and Breaking and Entering. He retained Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer, John L. Calcagni III, to defend him in this case.
Case Result: Pretrial Probation.
Attorney Calcagni and his team contacted the girlfriend and secured her signature on an affidavit in support of dismissing the case. Following negotiations with the Commonwealth, and the presentation of this affidavit to prosecutors, the Commonwealth agreed to place the man on pretrial probation (which is a prolonged dismissal that requires no admission) for six months with no conditions. After this six-month period expires, assuming the man is not charged with a new offense, his case will be dismissed.