New York Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences

The state of New York has three types of misdemeanor offenses: Class A, Class B, and unclassified misdemeanors. Class A misdemeanor offenses are the most serious, while Class B misdemeanors are the least serious. The category of unclassified misdemeanors includes both more and less serious offenses.

For information on felonies, see New York Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.

Sentence Range for Each Level

Each category of misdemeanor offense in New York has a maximum possible penalty associated with it. Unless otherwise specified by law, courts can sentence someone convicted of a misdemeanor offense to pay a fine, serve jail time, or both.

Anyone convicted of an unclassified misdemeanor will have to pay a fine or serve jail time as required by the law or ordinance that defines the crime. For example, someone convicted of a first offense of driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, faces fines of between $500 and $1,000, and up to one year in jail.

Examples of Crimes in Each Level

Here is a small sample of misdemeanors categorized by their class. There are many misdemeanor offenses under New York law, and this list is not comprehensive.

Class A

Class B

  • Issuing a bad check
  • Fortune-telling
  • Prostitution
  • Unlawful assembly

Unclassified

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