Avoid Misdemeanor Fines And Prison Time
Navigating the criminal justice system is difficult under the best of circumstances. If you have been charged with a crime, you are likely to be confused by the process and worried by the prospect of a criminal conviction, a substantial fine and/or a prison sentence. It is crucial for you and the loved ones who depend on you that you obtain expert legal guidance.
The firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC, has decades of experience protecting the legal rights of New Yorkers arrested for violent crimes, felonies and less serious offenses known as misdemeanors.
Misdemeanor Crimes In New York
A misdemeanor is a less serious crime that carries a potential sentence of imprisonment for up to one year, plus the possibility of a fine as high as $1,000 or twice the criminal’s gain from the crime. New York law divides misdemeanors into three classes, Class A, Class B and unclassified, in descending order of severity. Although not every misdemeanor involves violent conduct, certain misdemeanors do include an element of violence.
A few of the dozens of Class A misdemeanors are:
- Assault in the third degree
- Second-degree sexual abuse
- Unlawfully selling prescriptions
- Sale of 2 to 25 grams of marijuana
- Fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle
Class B misdemeanors include:
- Third-degree sexual abuse
- Issuing a bad check
- Sale of up to 2 grams of marijuana
Other misdemeanors are unclassified, including:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- DWI with a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle
- Reckless driving
Roughly one in five New Yorkers convicted of a misdemeanor will be sentenced to prison or jail time. The stakes are too high to not hire an expert attorney from the beginning.
New York law also treats certain vehicle and traffic violations as misdemeanors. In such cases, not only are you facing higher insurance rates and points on your driving record, but also jail time or a hefty fine. If your job requires you to drive, your livelihood may be at stake.
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Because we’ve represented thousands of New Yorkers in misdemeanor cases, we know what it takes to get the best result. Once we take a client, we can often get a criminal case dropped before it goes to trial — sometimes even before official charges have been filed.