No, under New York law, a Violation is a category of offense separate from a crime.
When you fill out job applications, apply to schools, rent an apartment, and do other things requiring you to answer the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime,” you can and should answer, “No.”
Violations are any of a category of offense whose maximum punishment is 15 days in jail, though there’s no reason to think you’ll get the full sentence.
Violations include things like simple marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, and similar offenses that the state has concluded do not represent serious threats to public safety and order.
That said, any conviction carries consequences, and every case should be closely reviewed by Queens criminal defense attorneys. Know your rights, and know how to fight back.
Call the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-599-1111 for a free consultation.