Misdemeanor Attorneys NYC

What Is a Misdemeanor in NY?

Misdemeanors in New York are divided into three classes: Class A misdemeanors, Class B misdemeanors, and unclassified misdemeanors. The maximum punishments, far less severe than felonies, range from 15 days to one year in jail and can involve fines up to $1,000.

Because misdemeanors have less severe repercussions than felonies, many do not take these charges seriously. Do not make this mistake! Our New York City misdemeanor lawyers can help you in a variety of ways that you may have not considered. Our many years of experience can help you create a strong defense for your best opportunity at positive results.

Call (212) 577-9314 or contact us online for dependable advocacy from NYC misdemeanor attorneys who have helped thousands. We have offices in New York City and Long Island.

What is a Class A Misdemeanor in NY?

Sentencing for Class A misdemeanors can range from no jail time to one year. Additional penalties could involve fines, community service, three years of probation, and driver’s license suspension.

Examples of Class A misdemeanors include:

  • Petit larceny 
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Forcible touching
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree
  • Unauthorized use of a computer
  • Assault in the third degree
  • Resisting arrest

Do not underestimate a Class A misdemeanor charge in New York because “misdemeanor” is not a felony. These charges can have significant impacts on your life down the road. Also, depending on if you've been sentenced to up to one year in jail - you may lose your job. Give our NYC criminal lawyers a call to discuss the specifics of your Class A Misdemeanor. 

What Is a Class B Misdemeanor in New York?

Class B misdemeanors are considered less severe, but should be handled swiftly to protect your future. Sentencing ranges from no jail time to 90 days. Additionally, there may be fines, one-year probation, community service, and order of protection.

Less severe than Class A misdemeanors, Class B misdemeanors include crimes such as:

  • Adultery
  • Prostitution
  • Criminal possession of marijuana
  • Harassment in the first degree

What is an Unclassified Misdemeanor NY?

In New York there is a category of misdemeanors known as “unclassified misdemeanors.” Sentencing for unclassified misdemeanors can range from 15-days to 1-year in prison. There is also the possibility of fines, three-year probation, conditional discharge, suspension/revocation of driver’s license, and orders of protection.

These fall under unclassified misdemeanor:

  • Vehicle laws
  • Traffic laws
  • Other areas of NY State law


When individuals are charged with a misdemeanor, they often make the following common mistakes:

  • Underestimating the Charge: Many people think that because a misdemeanor is less severe than a felony, it won’t have serious repercussions. This can lead to a lack of preparation and proper response.
  • Not Hiring an Attorney: Deciding to represent oneself or to not hire an attorney at all can be a grave error. Professional legal advice is crucial in navigating the complexities of the law.
  • Ignoring Court Dates: Missing court appearances can lead to additional charges and more severe consequences.
  • Talking to Law Enforcement Without Legal Counsel: Providing statements or evidence without consulting an attorney can unintentionally harm your case.
  • Failing to Follow Probation or Sentencing Terms: Neglecting to adhere to probation or other sentencing requirements can result in further legal complications.


Yes, you need a lawyer for a misdemeanor. An experienced attorney can help you avoid many of these common mistakes. By understanding the nuances of misdemeanor classes, they can offer invaluable guidance to navigate the legal system efficiently. They will ensure that you are well-prepared for your court appearances, advise you on the best strategies for your defense, and work tirelessly to mitigate the potential penalties you face. Hiring a skilled attorney increases the likelihood of a favorable outcome in your case.

Facing Misdemeanor Charges NYC? Learn How We Can Help

Our NYC criminal defense attorneys fight to win. We have over 35 years of experience representing individuals just like you.

Our qualified misdemeanor lawyers in NYC can benefit your case by:

  • Aggressively representing your interests
  • Creating the best defense strategy for your unique situation
  • Appearing in court on your behalf
  • Helping reduce or dismiss the criminal charges
  • Helping you avoid jail time
  • Helping you avoid excessive fines or reduce your fines
  • Helping you be treated in a fair and legal manner

If you are dealing with misdemeanor charges, you have more options than you thicnk. Call (212) 577-9314 for misdemeanor attorneys in NYC who fight for the results you need.

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