Types of Misdemeanor Crimes In New York
Under state law in New York, misdemeanor crimes are divided into several classes according to the severity of the offense. In the paragraphs below, an experienced NYC criminal attorney discusses the various classes of misdemeanors and the penalties that apply to each.
Class A Misdemeanors
Of the two types of classified misdemeanors, Class A misdemeanors carry heavier penalties and are more severe offenses. Crimes under Class A include such offenses as:
- Theft of someone else’s property, also called petit larceny.
- Pretending to be someone else with criminal intentions. This is also referred to as second-degree criminal impersonation.
- Identity theft in the third degree, or using someone else’s identity or personal information to commit fraud.
- Operating a radio station without authorization from the FCC. Penalties for misdemeanors include jail time, fines or a combination of the two. Someone convicted of a Class A misdemeanor may expect to spend a year or less in jail and may be fined as much as $1,000.
Class B Misdemeanors
Prostitution, writing fraudulent checks, telling fortunes for the purpose of defrauding people and assembling more than three persons for the purpose of committing a crime or disturbing the peace are examples of some Class B misdemeanors. These crimes are punishable by jail sentences not exceeding 90 days and fines of less than $500.
These are misdemeanor crimes that may fall into either of the categories shown above. The penalties may correspond to either a Class A or Class B misdemeanor depending upon how the crime is designated under the applicable ordinance, law or statute. Such offenses as operating a vehicle under a suspended or revoked driver’s license, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving recklessly are unclassified misdemeanors. They may carry penalties ranging from 90 days in jail or a $500 fine to up to twelve months in jail and a fine not to exceed $1000.
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