Without knowing the full scope of the circumstances, it’s impossible to answer your question, but the ramifications of pleading guilty to a violation like disorderly conduct are certainly less severe than those that follow a conviction on a misdemeanor charge.
If you’re convicted of the criminal mischief charge, you’ll have a criminal record for the rest of your life, be subject to jail time of up to one year, and have to pay fines and restitution.
The disorderly conduct plea would carry a maximum of 15 days in jail, and the possibility of fines.
However, if the prosecutor is open to negotiating with you, it’s likely that the underlying charge isn’t strong anyway.
You should consult with an attorney who can look at the facts and tell you your best options in this circumstance.
While every case is different and there are no guarantees, it’s entirely possible that with a good defense lawyer, the prosecutor will decline to prosecute, and if they do decide to move forward with the case, that you’ll win.
Call the Queens criminal defense team at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-599-1111 and talk to a lawyer for free.