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Misdemeanor Crime Lawyer

When someone is charged with a misdemeanor crime in New York, it is essential that he or she contact a skilled NY criminal defense lawyer right away. The firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye has decades of experience protecting the legal rights of New Yorkers arrested for violent crimes, felonies and the less serious offenses known as misdemeanors.

Navigating through 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. In this situation it is crucial for you and the loved ones who depend on you that you obtain expert legal guidance. That’s what we offer at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye.

Misdemeanor crimes in New York

New York state criminal law classifies offenses according to the severity level of the conduct. The most serious crimes, defined as felonies, can subject the offender to a prison sentence of a year or more. A convicted felon may also be fined in an amount not to exceed $5,000 or double the amount of the offender’s proceeds from the crime.

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
  • Sexual abuse in the second degree
  • Scheme to defraud the state by unlawfully selling prescriptions
  • Sale of between two and 25 grams of marijuana
  • Unlawful fleeing of a police officer in a motor vehicle

Class B misdemeanors include:

  • Sexual abuse in the third degree
  • Issuing a bad check
  • Sale of up to two grams of marijuana

Unclassified misdemeanors include:

  • Driving while intoxicated or while ability-impaired by drugs or any combination thereof
  • Driving while intoxicated 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 not to hire an expert attorney from the beginning. The criminal defense attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have handled thousands of misdemeanor assault, drug, and sexual abuse charges in New York City and on Long Island. We will get to work right away to protect your rights.

Drunk driving and other vehicle misdemeanors

An arrest for driving while intoxicated or impaired by drugs (DWI) is all too common, both nationwide and in New York. In Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the DWI crime rate is among the highest in New York State. If you get behind the wheel after as few as a couple of beers, you may be stopped and charged with DWI.

A blood-alcohol level higher than .08% can lead to the immediate suspension of your driver’s license – before any evidence is presented in court, let alone a guilty verdict rendered by judge or jury. The consequences can be serious if you need your car to commute, drive children to school or day care, or perform other routine daily activities.

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye’s criminal defense lawyers in Long Island and NYC understand the need for immediate and decisive action to help you recover your driver’s license. We will obtain the entire police file on your case and investigate whether any breathalyzer or blood tests that were performed using improperly-maintained equipment and were incorrectly interpreted by evaluators. And we will prepare the best possible case to convince a judge to grant you a temporary driver’s license.

Because we have spent decades representing people charged with DWI, we understand the process and know the ins and outs of the courtrooms in New York City and Suffolk and Nassau Counties. We offer free initial consultations to anyone who is facing a DWI charge, or has a family member charged with such a crime.

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, you may be risking jail or a hefty fine. If your job requires that you drive, your livelihood may be at stake. At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye we defend these charges with the care and attention they require. We do all we can to keep you on the road and keep your record clean.

New York misdemeanor attorneys at EKJ Law can help

Because we’ve represented thousands of New Yorkers in misdemeanor cases, we know what it takes to get the best result. Once we take on a client, we can often get a criminal case dropped before it goes to trial – sometimes even before official charges have been filed. That’s why contacting us immediately is so important if you or a loved one has been arrested for a misdemeanor crime in NYC or Long Island. Please call our offices to arrange a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.

  1. New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, “New York City Adult Arrests Disposed 2008-12”, http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/crimnet/ojsa/dispos/nyc.pdf
  2. New York State Department of Mental Health, “Forensic Manual Chapter 1: Criminal Justice System for Adults in NY State”, http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/forensic/manual/html/chapter1.htm
  3. Yonkers Police Department, “Penal Law of New York State, Class A Misdemeanors”, http://ypdcrime.com/penal.law/a_misdemeanor.htm
  4. Yonkers Police Department, “Penal Law of New York State, Class B Misdemeanors,” http://ypdcrime.com/penal.law/b_misdemeanor.htm