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

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.

Charged with a misdemeanor on a DESK APPEARANCE TICKET?  Read three reasons why you need to hire Shalley and Murray for your DAT.

Information about Misdemeanor Trials and Negotiations

In this site, 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 the Trials Section above and read about some practical realities involved with having your day in Court on a misdemeanor in New York City.  (More articles coming soon.)  On the other hand, if you think all you want to do is settle your matter in some reasonable way, visit the "Negotiations" section and read the article about what is really at stake in misdemeanor cases in New York City Criminal Court. (More articles coming soon.)

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 assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, patronizing a prostitute, criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Frequently Used Terms in New York City Misdemeanor Practice

Have a look at an article about the meaning of the ACD (Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal).  Coming soon will be individual articles about "Violations" like Disorderly Conduct, Misdemeanor Probation, and more.  Don't see a term defined that you are curious about?  Call us at 718-268-2171 to set up your free consultation.

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 the "Hiring a Lawyer" Section 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.

Shalley and Murray - New York City Criminal Lawyers for More than Twenty Years

The information in this site is provided for free by the New York Criminal Defense Law Firm Shalley and Murray.  James Shalley and Don Murray have been representing people accused of crimes in New York City, including countless misdemeanors for more than 20 years.  Shalley and Murray has offices located in New York City and Westchester.



New York City Criminal Defense Lawyer Don Murray

Welcome.  If you or someone you care about has been charged with a misdemeanor offense in NYC, then you should be able to find information that will help you understand the situation better here in this site.  If you have any other questions or want help with the case, please contact us.

Don Murray, Shalley & Murray

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Misdemeanors - Criminal Court

In New York City, the term "Criminal Court" actually means the place where misdemeanor offenses are resolved.  Misdemeanors are offenses for which the maximum term in jail is one year.  Felonies (more serious offenses) are heard in "Supreme Court".  Each County in New York City has its own Criminal Court.

Researching Codes and Offenses

New York Crime Database

This is a very nice, advertisement free, current database of offenses, including misdemeanors in New York. Wonderful site.  Great place to do research.

Information Provided by Shalley and Murray

This site is provided by the New York City Criminal Defense Law Firm Shalley and Murray.  It is designed to help those with an interest in understanding what it means to be charged with a misdemeanor in New York City Criminal Courts, including Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan.  

The partners in Shalley and Murray have been helping people accused of crimes in New York City for more than 20 years.

If you would like to schedule your free consultation about a misdemeanor accusation in New York City, please do not hesitate to call us at 718-268-2171.

Get Your New York Conviction Sealed.

In a dramatic shift in policy, New York has recently made it possible, beginning October, 2017,  to get up to TWO criminal convictions sealed, including one felony conviction.  

The conviction must be ten years old, or older, and there are other limitations, but this is an amazing opportunity for thousands of people suffering with criminal convictions in New York to wipe the slate clean.  Call us at 718-268-2171 and we can begin working with you to file your motion on DAY 1 in October!

Visit our dedicated website where we discuss the New York Conviction Sealing law and process under Criminal Procedure Law Section 160.59.  The articles on the site are written by Don Murray, one of the founding partners of Shalley and Murray, an established New York City criminal defense law firm.

On the site, you can read an in-depth discussion of Section 160.59, as well as read about the specific services provided by a lawyer for filing a motion to seal your New York conviction under Section 160.59.

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