Chicago, IL asked in Criminal Law for Illinois

Q: If i pour a coffee on a neighbor’s windshield and the cops come, neighbors decline to press charges..can press later?

Neighbors declined to press charges then…can they change their mind after months? The problem is now they seemed to have retaliated by actually damaging my wife’s car with scratches

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Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Wheeling, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: In theory that person may file a police report seeking criminal charges be approved at a later time, yet, I do not remember a single case of such minor matter being charged later on.

As far as criminal property damage to your spouse's vehicle, you may file a police report and provide all evidence in your possession to the police regarding that damage to prove up your speculation about the suspect and motif.

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