The Most Common Misdemeanor Offenses Handled by the Criminal Lawyers at Shalley and Murray

Over the last 27 years our criminal lawyers have handled all manner of criminal charges in New York City Criminal Courts, from the least to the most serious.  And yet, there are clearly some charges that come across our desks much more frequently than others.  Among the most common misdemeanor criminal charges in New York City are listed below.  Click on the link to read critical information you need to know about these charges prepared by veteran New York City criminal lawyer and founding partner, Don Murray.

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One of the more commonly charged misdemeanor offenses in New York City Courts is petit larceny, which is often associated with what would commonly be described as "shoplifting".  Many of our clients have never been accused of anything before and find themselves mystified at how they are in this situation.  Often it involves a traumatic event either in personal or work setting.  We have helped countless people in New York City discreetly solve these embarrassing brushes with Criminal Court.  In addition to the main Petit Larceny article, Don Murray has prepared individual articles addressing these separate concerns for people charged with Petit Larceny: 


Assault in the Third Degree is one of the more common arrest charges in New York City.  Although Assault comes in a variety of flavors in New York, Assault in the Third Degree is the misdemeanor version that involves relatively minor injuries to a complaining witness.  Typical bar fights or scuffles in the street are often associated with Assault in the Third Degree.  In the article about Assault in the Third Degree, Don Murray reviews the important information you need to know about the charge, possible defenses, and possible outcomes.  In addition to the Primary Article, you may also be interested in these related articles or blog posts by New York City criminal lawyer Don Murray.


Criminal Possession of Marijuana (PL Section 221.10) is also a quite common misdemeanor charge in New York City Criminal Courts.  In this article, Don Murray, founding partner at Shalley and Murray, reviews what you need to know about this charge.  In addition to the primary article, you may also be interested in the following articles, also by Don Murray.


Like assault, criminal possession of controlled substance charges are graded according to seriousness.  Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, PL 220.03, is the least serious controlled substance offense, and also the most commonly charged.  We have handled countless 220.03 cases over the course of our more than 27 years of criminal defense practice.  In addition to the primary article, by Don Murray, you may be interested in these related articles, also by Don Murray.


A common nightmare for many people with never a prior contract with the criminal justice system is to learn the hard way (by arrest) that their driver's license (or privilege to drive) in New York is suspended.  It can often be because of a failure to pay a driver assessment fee you didn't know about or because of a single ticket you forgot about.  The good news is that while this type of case is a problem, it is likely a manageable problem.  We have helped many people solve this manageable problem well.


Criminal mischief is kind of an old fashioned term for the breaking or damaging of someone else's property.  One of the more common ways this charge appears in New York City is associated with charges of making graffiti.  Like other crimes, criminal mischief is graded according to the level of damage, but the threshold that separates a misdemeanor offense from a felony is archaic.  Just over $250 worth of damage alleged is enough to make it a felony, so look out for unexpected levels of seriousness here.


Misdemeanor possession of a weapon, or criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree covers a wide variety of possible weapons including specifically identified "per se" weapons.  Although a gun will of course qualify for this offense, most circumstances will be such that a gun will charged as a felony.  Therefore, this charge is most often associated with knives and metal batons recovered at airport screenings, for example.


One of the most shockingly vague criminal statutes in all of New York's statutes, endangering the welfare of a child would seem intended to make criminals of us all.  A broad reading and enforcement of the vague language of this statute would no doubt have put most of our parents in jail.  Read some of the most important things you need to know about this dangerous charge.


Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) covers a broad range of criminal cases that can be relatively simple all the way to expert testimony driven cases of unmatched complexity on a par with homicide cases.  DWI cases are widely variant, one from the next.  DWI cases also come with a heavy payload of significant outside consequences, including license suspensions or revocations, heavy fines, insurance rate hikes, vehicle forfeiture, and more.  Read the article to begin to learn some of the important things you need to know about Driving While Intoxicated cases in New York City and how a criminal lawyer from Shalley and Murray can help you.

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There is actually no such thing as a crime called "domestic violence" in New York.  Rather, the term domestic violence is meant to cover a group of already existing crimes that can occur in the context of a domestic relationship.  The District Attorney Offices in New York City all take domestic violence issues quite seriously, and each office has its own special unit to handle these cases.  If your case is labeled a domestic violence case, you can expect particular attention from the Government and special policies that will be brought to bear.  Domestic violence cases can easily be felony charges (such as felony assault, attempted murder, or even murder), but the majority will be misdemeanor offenses (such as assault in the third degree charges).  Read the article to find out what you need to know about domestic violence prosecutions and defense in New York City.