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Other Misdemeanors in New York

Misdemeanors differ from felonies in that they are punishable by a jail sentence of more than 15 days, but not more than one year. Most misdemeanors are not of a violent nature but can include crimes such as assault and battery. Examples of crimes that are often treated as misdemeanors include harassment and criminal mischief. New York has two classes of misdemeanors. Class A is punishable by up to one year in jail, while Class B is carries a ninety-day maximum jail sentence.

Sometimes misdemeanors can either be bumped down to an infraction or be upgraded to a felony, so it helps to know the law and be prepared when faced with such charges. But the best defense strategy includes the services of a skilled New York criminal defense attorney.

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High Crime Areas: 3 Legal Truths

As part of Operation Impact, which also introduced the department's controversial stop-and-frisk tactics, the NYPD has assigned rookie officers to patrol high-crime areas in the city with little direct supervision.

The practice is beginning to raise questions about potential discrimination and excessive force being used against people in such areas, Al Jazeera America reports.

Here are three legal truths about high-crime areas:

Are Bottomless Mimosas Legal in NYC?

Have you heard the terrifying news that bottomless mimosa brunches are actually not legal in New York City?

Before you grab your pearls in sheer horror at the very thought of Sundays sans mimosas, calm down and raise your glass.

Mimosas are legal, thanks to a nifty legal loophole.

Legal to Leave Your Kids in the Car While You Run Errands?

A Long Island man is facing child endangerment charges after he left his two children locked in a car in the winter weather while he went shopping.

32-year-old Luis Fajardo left his 5-year-old and 5-month-old sons inside the car while he went shopping. At the time, the outside temperature was about 25 degrees, New York's WCBS reports.

Is it generally illegal to leave kids in the car while you run errands?

Gay Spouses Get Marriage Privileges in Fed. Court

On top of marital privileges in the state, gay spouses in New York now have marriage privileges in federal courts, too.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memo on Monday stating that same-sex married couples should be treated the same and given the same marital privileges as opposite-sex married couples.

So what marital privileges can be used by gay couples in a criminal case?

Middle School Girl Arrested For Bullying

Parents in New York, do you know if your child is protected from bullying at school? Bullying is a serious offense on the playground, even among the youngest of children. Police in Stamford have recently arrested a 12-year-old girl for bullying a 13-year-old by constantly harassing, pushing, and intimidating her, WTNH-TV reports.

Bullying is a crime and can result in consequences for your young one(s). With that said, what do you need to know about bullying in general in New York? Here's an overview:

NYC Schools Safer, But Student Crime Still a Concern

According to data obtained by the New York Civil Liberties Union, NYC school crime is down. The data shows that, from June 2012 to July 2013, school safety agents made 579 arrests in city schools, which is a hefty 34% drop from the previous year, reports the New York Daily News.

However, just because crime is decreasing in NYC schools doesn't mean students should let their guards down. Here are some common crimes students may want to watch out for at school:

Public Urination Laws in New York

Drinking in public has many related issues. And public urination is one of these issues. As a result, it’s no surprise that many states and cities work on addressing these issues. Just as public intoxication is a misdemeanor in many states, in some states or cities, public urination can lead to jail time. In others, it’s an infraction.

Interestingly, New York has no specific laws addressing public intoxication when dealing with alcohol. There are, however, laws governing public intoxication with substances other than alcohol.

Can You Talk Your Way Out of a Speeding Ticket?

Who says you need a lawyer? If you've been caught speeding, you don't have the luxury of having a lawyer present.

And besides, it's really not always worth it to hire a lawyer so that you can fight a pesky speeding ticket. After all, your legal fees might be more than the ticket itself.

So you need to know how to smooth-talk your way out of a speeding ticket. Here are five ways it can possibly be done:

Hurricane Sandy is Over; Prepare for the Looters

We were all pretty sure this was going to happen, right? After all, it happened after Hurricane Irene. It happened to an even larger extent after Hurricane Katrina. Even in times of disaster and tragedy, there will always be some idiots that choose to take advantage of the situation for profit.

Even before the storm made landfall, people were tweeting about their plans to loot.

Online Fraud and Identity Theft: Vigilance and Common Sense

Want to stay safe online? Three words: paranoia and common sense.

Back in the days of dial-up, no one shopped on the Internet. True geeks and crazy collectors would shop on eBay, but your momma certainly wouldn't. Thanks in large part to online security measures such as encryption and secure connections, even Grandma is on Amazon. Even with these protections however, online fraud and identity theft present a surprisingly common problem.

The good news is steps that can be taken to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of cyber-crime. Many of these steps are free. If you have already been hacked, we've also got information on remedying the problem.