Felonies, Misdemeasnors and Violations

In New York State, there are three classifications of criminal charges: felonies, misdemeanors and violations.  If you are convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor, those are considered criminal convictions under the law.  If you are convicted of a violation, that is not considered a criminal conviction.  This distinction is very important as various types of employments and professional licensures in New York State look upon those with criminal convictions very harshly. Oftentimes, the distinction can preclude someone from consideration for employment. 

At Rosenthal, Kooshoian & Lennon, LLP, we recognize this distinction and represent our clients to the fullest extent of the law in an effort to achieve non-criminal dispositions so as to preserve their employment and/or employability.  In some instances, achieving a non-criminal disposition may require greater effort or time and higher level of negotiation with the District Attorney’s Office, and we recognize that it is necessary for our clients to avoid a criminal conviction.  Oftentimes, we help our clients navigate their employee handbooks, employee contracts and professional licensure standards so that any potential resolution of their criminal charges does not result in them losing their job, losing their professional license and substantially effecting their livelihood.

Please call us today for a free consultation so that we may discuss the possible ramifications of a criminal conviction in your life and what steps can be taken to avoid the potential problems that may be involved.


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Office: (716) 854 - 1300

Fax: 716.842.6354

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(716) 566-0916 or (716) 465-3681


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