New York State Law

Penal Law

Consolidated Laws of New York's Penal code

Penal Law Offenses - New York Laws

Level of Penal Law OFFENSES

Listed in order of severity.
"Felony" means an offense for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of one year may be imposed.
"Misdemeanor" means an offense, other than a "traffic infraction," for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of fifteen days may be imposed, but for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of one year cannot be imposed.
"Violation" means an offense, other than a "traffic infraction," for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of fifteen days cannot be imposed.
"Traffic Infraction" means any offense defined as "traffic infraction" by section one hundred fifty-five of the vehicle and traffic law.

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