Misdemeanors are something to take seriously, and in New York, they can be anything from stealing to disorderly conduct. These charges are the second level of offenses in the United States between felonies and infractions. Most legal offenses tend to fall under the category of misdemeanor. Since these vary state to state, it is important to be familiar with what your offense could mean for you. In New York, these could mean a major flaw on your criminal record, which is why it is crucial to have a skilled criminal defense attorney for your case.
New York misdemeanor charges can include:
- Animal crimes (dog bites)
- Petty theft
- Disorderly conduct
- Drug possession
- Simple Assault
- Public intoxication
New York Misdemeanors are divvied into Class A and B offenses
These are lesser crimes and only punishable by no more than one year in county jail. Although, if convicted, you could also receive fines, probation, community service, driver’s license suspension and be required to enroll in a treatment or counseling programs.
Class A misdemeanors are the more serious offenses, a step below felonies. These are punishable by up to one year in prison.
Class B misdemeanors are crimes that are less serious than Class A but more serious than infractions. These are punishable by up to six months in prison.
Choose Hillman Law to Protect Your Misdemeanor Charges
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor in New York, you can face up to a year in prison, fees, a mark on your permanent record, and various other penalties. Take the first step to protect yourself against these chargers and contact us at Hillman Law. We understand how important it is to build a strong defense against the charges you face.