Misdemeanors in New York City (Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan)

If you or someone you know is charged in New York City with a misdemeanor such as petit larceny, trespass, assault, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, endangering the welfare of a child (or many others), you are probably confronted with one of two extreme views about your situation.

Accused of Misdemeanor? Disaster or Nothing to Worry About?

On one hand, you may be under the impression that your good name is now ruined and that you now have a criminal record and are destined for prison.  On the other hand, people may be telling you that being charged with a misdemeanor in New York City is little short of a joke that you need not be concerned about.  Both of these extreme views are wrong.  Read more about what is really at stake when you are charged with a misdemeanor in New York City.

Information about Misdemeanor Trials and Negotiations

Here at Shalley and Murray, you will find a calm, reasonable outline of misdemeanor practice in New York City criminal courts, including Queens Criminal Court, Manhattan Criminal Court, Brooklyn Criminal Court, and Bronx Criminal Court.  If you feel as if you were wronged and want your day in Court, visit read about some practical realities involved with having your day in Court on a misdemeanor in New York City.   On the other hand, if you think all you want to do is settle your matter in some reasonable way,  read the article about what is really at stake in misdemeanor cases in New York City Criminal Court.

Most Common Misdemeanors Explained with Outlines of Possible Settlement Outcomes

Interested in learning about the most commonly charged misdemeanors as well as the likely range of negotiated settlements for those offenses?  Click on the common misdemeanors in the menu above to see many of the common misdemeanors in New York City discussed in terms of what factors influence what outcomes, what to look out for as problems with negotiations, and some specific commentary by New York City Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Murray. Currently, there are discussions of assaultcriminal possession of a controlled substancecriminal possession of a weaponcriminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Have a look at an article about the meaning of the ACD (Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal).  

Find out Why Hiring A Lawyer for "just" a Misdemeanor Might be a Wise Choice

If you think that misdemeanors in New York City are not taken seriously by Courts in New York City, you may be considering just showing up in Court and "seeing how things play out" perhaps expecting that one of the public defenders will take care of your case for you.  Read "Hiring a Lawyer" to find out why this might not be the best approach.  Here you will read about what your own private lawyer can offer to you even if your goal and expectation is that you want to work it out without a trial.  In this article by veteran New York City criminal defense attorney Don Murray, you will learn that a private criminal lawyer can make your experience charged with a misdemeanor in the Criminal Justice system quicker and more convenient, and at the same time provide you with a high level of confidence in the quality of representation - and all the while at a very affordable price.

 

 
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Don Murray, one of the founding partners at Shalley and Murray has been exclusively practicing criminal defense for more than 27 years.  He has helped countless good people accused of misdemeanor offenses see their way through this often quite manageable problem.  He can help you too.  Call or Text us now for your free consultation.

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