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Have you been accused of second-degree harassment in New York? Although the offense is not considered a crime, it is still serious. If an adverse finding is made against you, you could still face incarceration and/or a fine. Additionally, you must go through a court process to resolve your case. The legal system can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially if this is your first brush with the law. Fortunately, you do not have to navigate the matter on your own. Exercise your right to have a lawyer represent you and retain the services of Lebedin Kofman LLP as soon as possible.

Our New York second-degree harassment lawyers provide exceptional legal services. We have extensive experience defending clients against all types of charges and have a track record of results. Although our past successes do not guarantee future outcomes, we can assure you that we will fight aggressively throughout your case. As a boutique law firm, we can give our clients 100% of our attention and get to know them as people. By learning about you and actively listening to your side of the story, we can develop an individualized defense strategy.

When you hire us, you’ll have one-on-one access to our New York harassment in the second degree lawyers. Contact us at (646) 663-4430 today.

What Constitutes Harassment in the Second Degree in New York?

The elements of harassment are listed in New York Penal Code § 240.26. Broadly, a person commits a violation when they engage in specific conduct against another person and their intent is to harass, annoy, or alarm them.

The law further breaks the offense down into three subsections, each specifying different acts that may be considered harassment.

These include:

  • Striking, shoving, kicking, or physically contacting a person in some way, or making a threat to commit any such acts.
  • Following someone in or on a public location.
  • Committing multiple or repeated acts against someone in a way that alarms or seriously annoys them. Additionally, the conduct serves no legitimate purpose, meaning the only reason one would engage in it would be to threaten, intimidate, or coerce someone.

Regardless of the specific act you have been accused of, speak with one of our second-degree harassment lawyers in New York. We can fully investigate the allegations against you to identify weaknesses in proof and cast doubt on the State’s arguments.

Is Harassment in the Second Degree a Misdemeanor or Felony in New York?

Second-degree harassment is neither a misdemeanor nor a felony. Instead, it is a violation.

Under New York law, a violation is not considered criminal. A crime is defined as a misdemeanor (an offense punishable by up to 1 year in jail) or a felony (an offense punishable by more than 1 year in prison). Harassment is a felony or misdemeanor only when it is charged as aggravated harassment in the second degree (class A misdemeanor), first-degree harassment (class B misdemeanor), or aggravated first-degree harassment (class E felony).

Generally, when someone is accused of second-degree harassment, they will be issued a summons or Appearance Ticket as opposed to being arrested.

As we noted before, second-degree harassment may not be a crime, but a charge for it should still be taken seriously. At Lebedin Kofman LLP, every case we handle is given the attention and care it deserves. We recognize that any accusation can substantially affect a person’s life, which is why we will do what it takes to protect your best interests.

What Are the Penalties for Second-Degree Harassment in NY?

Because harassment in the second degree is a violation, the maximum penalties that can be imposed include no more than 15 days of incarceration and no more than $250 in fines.

That said, simply being accused does not mean you will be subject to maximum punishments. By building a solid defense, you can seek to avoid or minimize the sanctions. Our team is ready to deliver the legal counsel you need and zealously advocate on your behalf.

Call Our NY Second-Degree Harassment Lawyers

At Lebedin Kofman LLP, we have helped thousands of clients through some of the most difficult times in their lives. We have seen good people get caught up in a highly complex system and understand that an accusation does not define the individual. We are here to tell your side of the story and ensure that your voice is heard.

To learn more about how we can defend you, call our New York harassment in the second degree attorneys at (646) 663-4430 or submit an online contact form today.

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