In the state of New York, a misdemeanor is a criminal act that is punished by a jail sentence of less than one year. While penalties for a misdemeanor are not as harsh as those for a felony, being convicted of any crime can have a serious effect on a person's ability to obtain employment or maintain a stable personal life. The following describes the different categories of misdemeanors.
• Class A misdemeanor crimes, including third-degree assault and petit larceny, may carry 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, including third-degree criminal trespass fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, may carry a jail sentence of 90 days, followed by one year of probation.
• Unclassified misdemeanor crimes often include traffic and vehicle law violations, include driving with a suspended license and driving while intoxicated (DWI). These offenses may carry a jail term of up to 12 months.
The Law Office of Larry McCord and Associates has extensive experience handling a wide range of matters, including misdemeanors, providing competent, skillful and zealous representation. Because each case is unique, the attorneys carefully consider each client and their best interests to help them avoid further trouble with police and the courts.
If you have been charged with a crime, call the Law Office of Larry McCord & Associates, LLC for a free consultation at (631) 643-3084.