Being faced with a possible conviction can be horrifying, especially if you’re unsure of what your sentence might be and what to expect in the coming weeks. It’s best to always be educated and understand the differences between a felony, misdemeanor, and a violation and what the possible outcomes of each could be. In this post, we’ll define these three crimes and what the punishments are in the state of New York. If you’re facing a possible conviction and are in need of a criminal defense attorney, contact The Law Offices of David I. Goldstein immediately. We’re open 24/7, so don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need a lawyer’s advice and help. For excellent representation and help in New York, contact us now!


Prosecutors and judges often use difficult to understand language to confuse you so that you’ll be unsure of what is really going on with your case. This is where a helpful lawyer will advise you on what to do, say, and how to understand what a judge or prosecutor is actually saying. A violation is an offense that doesn’t include a traffic infraction, and the potential sentence cannot be more than 15 days of imprisonment. Some examples of a violation can include:

  • Loitering
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Hazing
  • Harassment
  • Trespassing
  • Unlawful possession of marijuana

If you plead guilty to a violation, you won’t have a criminal record in the state of New York. Of course, it can be a hiccup in your plans, and it can become serious if you don’t follow exactly what your lawyer advises you to do.


Again, a misdemeanor is not a traffic violation, such as an accident or running a stoplight. However, a misdemeanor is more serious than a violation and will be on your personal criminal record of the rest of your life. A potential sentence in the state of New York for a misdemeanor is more than 15 days in jail but less than a year and there are three different categories of a misdemeanor. These include:

“A” misdemeanor: The most serious form of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison.
“B” misdemeanor: Less serious than an “A” misdemeanor but still a crime. The highest amount of time you can spend in jail is 90 days.
“Unclassified” misdemeanor: This is for any offense that is not defined by penal law but is a misdemeanor. This is also punishable by more than 15 days but less than one year in prison.


The most serious of offenses and the crime that could potentially land you in prison for life, a felony conviction will alter your life forever. We’ve defined and discussed at length the ranking system, types of crimes, and punishments for an A-E Class felony in the state of New York, but you should know that being charged and convicted with a felony is significant and no laughing matter. If you’re facing a possible felony charge, you need to contact a reputable criminal defense attorney as soon as you’re able so you can have a trained professional advising and representing you.

If you’re facing one of these three crimes in New York, you need a lawyer to assist you as soon as possible. The Law Offices of David I. Goldstein have been proud to offer excellent felony advice and representation for more than 40 years, and we’ll answer your call at any hour on any day of the week. Don’t wait for a criminal defense attorney to reach out. Pick up the phone now and call our offices immediately to speak to one of our lawyers. We’re here to help!