Lesser Charges Still Require a Strong Defense
The lawyers at Raiser and Kenniff, PC, have many years of experience handling misdemeanor cases as assistant district attorney prosecutors. We are insiders when it comes to how how misdemeanors are handled in New York City, and this helps us to build the best strategies of defense for our clients.
In the state of New York, a misdemeanor is a criminal act that is punished by a jail sentence of less than one year. The following describes the different categories of misdemeanors.
• Class A misdemeanor crimes, such as third-degree assault (defined as Penal Law 120.00) and petit larceny (defined as Penal Law 155.25), command a sentence of up to 12 months in jail and three years of probation, or a combined sentence of 60 days in jail with three years of probation.
• Class B misdemeanor crimes, such as third-degree criminal trespass (defined as Penal Law 140.10) and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana (defined as Penal Law 221.10) command a jail sentence of 90 days, followed by one year of probation. Those accused of these crimes should secure counsel experienced in Class B misdemeanor cases.
• Unclassified misdemeanor crimes, which are often traffic and vehicle law violations, include driving with a suspended license (defined as VTL 511(1), et seq.) and driving while intoxicated (defined as VTL 1192 (2), et seq.). Both command a jail term of up to 12 months.
Other New York State violations that are technically not crimes but still command a jail sentence of up to 15 days include second-degree harassment (defined as Penal Law 240.26) and disorderly conduct (defined as Penal Law 240.20).
A misdemeanor conviction of assault, criminal possession of marijuana or petit larceny will become part of an individual’s permanent record, the same as a felony. This record will be available to employers, government officials and law enforcement. Being convicted of any crime can have a serious effect on a person’s ability to obtain employment or maintain a stable personal life. This is why it is crucial to seek legal assistance from a New York City attorney who is experienced in Class A misdemeanor cases.
A misdemeanor conviction can change your life. Raiser and Kenniff, PC, offers clients superior support, along with a strong defense strategy. Those who need the services of an attorney may call toll-free at 212-274-0090 or visit the website to schedule a free, 30-minute consultation.
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