There are a few differences between violations and misdemeanors, but the most significant one for a defendant is that a violation carries a maximum penalty of 15 days in jail, while a misdemeanor sentence can last between 15 days and one year.
In addition, pleading guilty to or being convicted of a violation won’t leave you with a criminal record, while misdemeanor convictions do.
The term “crime” in New York specifically applies to Felonies and Misdemeanors.
Violations are not crimes, nor are Traffic Infractions, which are the fourth category of chargeable offense under New York law.
For the purposes of prosecution, an individual charged in a misdemeanor can often plead down to a violation, saving themselves a lifetime with a criminal record to report on job applications and more.
This is especially true when a defendant is represented by a criminal defense attorney.
If you’ve been charged with any offense, the lawyers at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help you get the best outcome in your case.
Call us today at 718-599-1111 and talk to an attorney for free.