A misdemeanor offense is a charge that the legislature has determined to
be less serious than those it classifies as
felonies. However, being accused of or charged with any crime can have a major
impact on your life, regardless of how the criminal justice system classifies
the offense. Misdemeanors can carry a potential jail sentence, and in
some cases an accompanying fine, and they should be taken just as seriously
as any other criminal charge.
If you are facing misdemeanor charges, no matter how seemingly minor, consult
a knowledgeable Nassau County and Long Island
criminal lawyer to minimize the negative effects that any such allegations can
have on your record and on your life.
Types of Misdemeanors
Because of their position between felony offenses and infractions, crimes
categorized as misdemeanors under New York law encompass a wide range
Some of these include:
The maximum punishment for any misdemeanor in New York is twelve months
in jail. However, jail time is typically reserved for Class A misdemeanors,
which are considered to be one step below a felony charge. Class A charges
include crimes such as assault, drug possession, and theft.
Additionally, the severity of the crime and the extent of prior offenses
on your record can influence the likelihood of jail time. For example,
non-violent offenses are less likely to include jail time as part of the
punishment. Even individuals with no prior criminal record may still receive
a jail sentence under some circumstances.
Depending on the county in which you are being prosecuted, you may even
face jail time for a Class B misdemeanor, which includes offenses such
as DWIs. Under any of these scenarios, it is imperative to be represented
by a diligent criminal defense attorney who can assess the charges, and
determine a strategy that will help you avoid jail if possible.
Contact Our Nassau County Criminal Lawyers
Due to the less severe classification of misdemeanors, courts can be more
inclined to use alternatives to harsh jail terms for punishment, such
as community service, probation, fines, jail on the weekends, or short
sentences. An experienced criminal defense attorney can evaluate your
case and develop a strategy designed to keep you out of jail, or in some
cases, get the charges dismissed altogether.
If you have been accused of a misdemeanor, even if you have not yet been
arrested or charged, contact the knowledgeable defense attorneys at
Jason M. Barbara & Associates, P.C.