New York Misdemeanors
Though misdemeanors aren't as serious as felonies, they are more serious than petty offenses. They often result in fines and a jail sentence of up to one year.
Violent Crimes and Murder
A violent crime is a behavior by someone against people or property that intentionally threatens, attempts to, or actually does inflict physical harm. Neither the use of guns or other weapons nor the perpetrator's criminal record will determine the seriousness of the charge. Most violent crimes are felonies.
When people under the age of 16 allegedly commit criminal acts in the state of New York, they attend juvenile court. The juvenile justice system seeks to rehabilitate rather than punish perpetrators. Certain juvenile offenders can be charged as an adult.