I had the opportunity to appear in Greece Town Court this afternoon. My client there was charged with the class A misdemeanor of Assault in the Third Degree. A class A misdemeanor in New York may carry with it up to one year in jail or three years of probation, depending on the circumstances. A conviction for such an offense results in that person having a criminal record.
However today, after my negotiations with the prosecution and consultations with the judge, my client was offered and plead guilty to the non-criminal violation of Disorderly Conduct with a sentence of a Conditional Discharge and 40 hours of community service. Such a plea does not result in a person having a criminal record.
Another good result this week.
(As always, please keep in mind that past results do not guarantee future outcomes.)