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Misdemeanors in New York Should Not Be Easily Dismissed

They Can Mean Jail Time

The US legal system has three categories of offenses: felonies, misdemeanors and infractions. In New York a misdemeanor can be anything from Vandalism to Drug Possession. The most serious of legal offenses are felonies, which can include a term in a state or federal prisons. Lessor offenses are infractions and fines like traffic tickets and landlord housing fines. Most offenses, however, fall under the category of misdemeanor. Misdemeanors also vary slightly from state to state. What may be a felony in New York might be a misdemeanor in New Jersey, and vice versa.

A New York misdemeanor is considered a lesser criminal act, or an act of lower offense.

Misdemeanor Charges handled in Suffolk County and Nassau County.


NY misdemeanor charges can include:

  • Prostitution
  • Petty theft
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Drug possession
  • Simple assault
  • Trespassing
  • Public intoxication
  • Vandalism
  • Animal crimes (dog bites)

Misdemeanor Lesser Charges
Still Require a Strong Defense

The lawyers at The Law Offices of CHRISTINE THEA RUBINSTEIN and Associates, have many years of experience handling misdemeanor cases. The attorneys at the law offices of CHRISTINE THEA RUBINSTEIN and Associates can help you navigate through the criminal defense process, and make it easily manageable in your time of need. Our attorneys are not only trained in handling simple criminal matters, we take care of complex criminal defense litigation in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens County, Bronx, Westchester, Richmond County, Manhattan and Brooklyn Kings County New York.

Our Attorneys handle Both
Class A and Class B Misdemeanors

In the state of New York, a misdemeanor is a criminal act that is punished by a jail sentence of up to one year. The following describes the different categories of misdemeanors.

  • Class A misdemeanor crimes, convictions on cases involving Class A misdemeanor crimes such as third-degree assault (defined as Penal Law 120.00) and petit larceny (defined as Penal Law 155.25), 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, convictions on cases involving Class B misdemeanors such as third-degree criminal trespass (defined as Penal Law 140.10) and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana (defined as Penal Law 221.10) carry a jail sentence of 90 days, followed by one year of probation. Those accused of these crimes should secure counsel experienced in Class B misdemeanor cases.
  • Unclassified misdemeanor crimes, which are often traffic and vehicle law violations, include driving with a suspended license (defined as VTL 511(1), et seq.) and driving while intoxicated (defined as VTL 1192 (2), et seq.). Both expose those charged to a jail term of up to 12 months.

Other New York State violations that are technically not crimes but still carry a jail sentence of up to 15 days include second-degree harassment (defined as Penal Law 240.26) and disorderly conduct (defined as Penal Law 240.20).

A misdemeanor conviction of assault, criminal possession of marijuana or petit larceny will become part of an individual’s permanent record, the same as a felony. This record will be available to employers, government officials and law enforcement. Being convicted of any crime can have a serious effect on a person’s ability to obtain employment or maintain a stable personal life. This is why it is crucial to seek the right legal assistance from an experienced attorney and have the proper legal defense team before you are convicted.


A misdemeanor conviction can change your life. The Law Office of CHRISTINE THEA RUBINSTEIN and Associates offers clients superior support, along with a strong defense strategy. Those facing Misdemeanor Charges should call 1-800-488-6734 today to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.

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If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, felony, or an infraction you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. We like to start every case the same way: by listening to all the facts. We sit down with you (and your witnesses) to hear exactly what happened. The police and the accusers are going to have their story. We’ll be presenting yours. So we want to start by hearing and understanding your side of it.

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