Criminal tampering is the act of tampering with the property of another individual without the right to do so. While these can be minor charges, a conviction can still lead to some serious consequences that will have an impact on your life. If you are facing criminal tampering charges, or expect that you might be, you should contact a defense attorney right away. David Galison is experienced in this area of New York law and would be proud to go to work for you.
There are three degrees of criminal tampering in the state of New York. The basic charge is criminal tampering in the third degree, and is defined as follows -
“A person is guilty of criminal tampering in the third degree when, having no right to do so nor any reasonable ground to believe that he has such right, he tampers with the property of another person with intent to cause substantial inconvenience to such person or to a third person.”
That simple crime is a class B misdemeanor, and will often be punished by something less than jail time such as fines or probation.
Second degree criminal tampering involves the tampering of a public utility for a larcenous or otherwise unlawful or wrongful purpose. This charge is a class A misdemeanor and can receive up to a year in prison for a conviction.
First degree criminal tampering requires that the accused cause substantial interruption or impairment of a service rendered to the public. This escalates to a class D felony, and can be punished with up to 7 years in prison.
Call our office right away at 516-242-4477 if you are being charged with criminal tampering and we will offer you a free consultation. We look forward to your call and being able to assist you in this matter.