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Non-Violent Crimes in New York

White Plains Criminal Defense Lawyers

In New York, non-violent crimes are prosecuted just as severely as other crimes. Non-violent crimes include such infractions as vandalism, trespassing, arson, and stalking. These charges can carry hefty sentences and leave your permanent record scarred. The District Attorney’s office will almost always try to have the strictest sentence imposed, so if you or a loved one has been accused of a non-violent crime, you need the experience of our White Plains criminal defense attorneys to fight for your freedom.

Our attorneys maintain relationships with their contacts in Law Enforcement so that we can build better defenses for our clients. Our esteemed attorneys have also been named among the Ten Best Attorneys and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Our office has a combined 200+ years of legal experience that we utilize to protect the rights of clients like you.

For a consultation regarding charges of non-violent crimes in White Plains, contact La Pietra & Krieger at (914) 684-6000. We also happily represent clients in Westchester County and all of New York City.

Vandalism Is a Serious Crime

Vandalism, otherwise known as criminal mischief, is defined as knowingly and intentionally damaging another person’s property.

Criminal mischief carries several tiers of severity and sentencing requirements, as follows:

  • 1st Degree – if property damage involved explosives, then it may be charged as a Class B felony and may carry a prison term of up to 25 years
  • 2nd Degree – when the property damage is more than $1,500. This classification is a Class D felony and involves a prison sentence of up to seven years and hefty fines
  • 3rd Degree – charged when property damage is between $250 and $1,500. This is a Class E felony, which carries up to a four-year prison term and possible fines.
  • 4th Degree – booked when the damage is not more than $250. It is classified as a Class A misdemeanor and fines may be imposed along with a sentence of up to one year in jail

Trespassing Can Be Either a Misdemeanor or Felony

Trespassing is another non-violent crime. It is charged when a person gains admittance to a property without permission or after expressed directive not to return to the property. Trespassing charges range from misdemeanors to felonies and can carry various sentencing requirements. It is important to note that if an individual is trespassing on someone else’s property and becomes injured, by a guard dog, for example, then the property owner is not liable for the injuries the trespasser incurred. Our aggressive trespassing attorneys in White Plains are skilled in devising defense strategies for trespassing charges.

Some Classes of Arson Are Considered Violent Crimes

Arson is also classified as a non-violent crime in New York. Arson involves setting off explosives or setting fires. The charges can be misdemeanors or felonies and can be just as grave as being charged with murder. The heavier arson charges are considered violent crimes, but the lesser arson misdemeanor charges are misdemeanors that carry up to one year in jail and possible fines.

Sometimes You Don’t Realize You’re Stalking

When an individual feels that another person is acting in such a way that is threatening and makes the individual feel as if they or a member of their family is in immediate danger, then they are a victim of stalking. This feeling of danger can come from a personal presence, phone calls, text messages, emails, or any other form of communication. Often, the person who is doing the communicating does not even realize there is a problem. Our committed lawyers work tirelessly to build a solid defense for our clients who have been charged with stalking.

Our Goal Is Your Freedom

Our dedicated White Plains criminal defense attorneys are always available for our clients. We are devoted to developing strong relationships with our clientele and fostering those relationships long after the case is over.

When you want an aggressive criminal defense lawyer in White Plains, call La Pietra & Krieger at (914) 684-6000 to ensure you receive the best possible defense.

La Pietra & Krieger

30 Glenn Street, Suite 105
White Plains, NY 10603

Phone: (914) 684-6000

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