By Marc R. Pallozzi, Esq. of Ianniello Anderson, P.C. ©2019
On our last blog we discussed the least serious form of criminal charges – violations.
This blog will discuss misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are “crimes,” in that they result in a criminal record. Misdemeanors are broken up into three classes: Class A, Class B, and unclassified. The majority of misdemeanors are Class A misdemeanors.
Here is a list of the most common misdemeanors:
– DWI (unclassified)
– Petit Larceny (Class A)
– Assault in the 3rd Degree (Class A)
– Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Class A)
– Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree (Class A)
– Prostitution (Class B)
– Forcible Touching (Class A)
– Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree (Class A)
Class A misdemeanors can result in a punishment of up to one (1) year in county jail, or up to six (6) years of probation, or a combination of both. Class B misdemeanors can result in a punishment of up to 90 days in county jail. Misdemeanors also encompass certain sex offenses, that may require registering as a sex offender under the NY Sex Offense Registry Act (SORA).
Misdemeanors are serious offenses, and convictions result in not only a criminal record, but potential jail time, probation, and serious restrictions in your personal and professional life. Misdemeanors can also result in certain civil liberties being taken away. Call the experienced attorneys at Ianniello Anderson, P.C. to guide you through the process and protect what is most important to you.