In New York a Misdemeanor Offense is a crime punishable by a local jail term of up to one year. New York Classifies Misdemeanor Offenses by letter.
A Class “A” Misdemeanor is punishable by up to One year in Jail or three years probation or a combination of up to 60 days in Jail AND three years probation.
A Class “B” Misdemeanor is punishable by up to ninety days in Jail or one year probation or a combination of up to 60 days in Jail AND one year probation.
New York also has a lower level offense, known as a Violation. A violation is punishable by up to 15 days in jail and/or a fine, usually between $100 and $250. Examples of commonly charged Violations are Disorderly Conduct and Harassment.
Misdemeanor Crimes and Violation Offenses are most often handled in the local District Courts (such as the one in Central Islip for Suffolk County or Hempstead for Nassau County) but may also be heard in the local Village or Justice Courts under certain circumstances.
The Law Office of Craig E. McElwee handles all levels of Misdemeanor Offenses
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