What is Criminal Mischief in NYC?

Criminal mischief crimes are crimes against property. Depending on how much damage has been done,  this crime may be treated either as a misdemeanor or as a felony. The damage must be intentional, and the type of property is not relevant, whether a building, a cell phone, a car, or something else.  The damage itself…

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I’ve Been Arrested for Assault – Is This a Misdemeanor or Felony?


You’ve gotten into a physical altercation with another person and now you have been arrested for “assault”. The question many defendants often ask is whether they have been charged with misdemeanor assault or felony assault.  It is an important distinction to understand, as the consequences for both can significantly impact your future. In New York,…

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Can You Go to Jail for Insulting a Police Officer?

If you’ve ever been tempted to call a police officer names, you’re hardly alone. After all, nobody likes getting a ticket, or being accused of a crime. But can insulting a police officer get you into trouble in and of itself? The answer is a solid, “maybe.”   Insults are protected by the First Amendment.…

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