Menacing is a charge under New York law that prevents one person from putting fear into another person. The charge of menacing is often, but not always, brought along with a charge of stalking or aggravated harassment. Having a menacing conviction on your record will be a major challenge for moving on with you life, so contact David Galison today to discuss your defense. Mr. Galison is experienced in New York courts and will be happy to put his experience to work for you.

The standard menacing charge is known as menacing in the third degree, and it is brought when the following conditions are met.

“A person is guilty of menacing in the third degree when, by physical menace, he or she intentionally places or attempts to place another person in fear of death, imminent serious physical injury or physical injury. Menacing in the third degree is a class B misdemeanor.”

Class B misdemeanors are punishable by less than 180 days in jail and a small fine. However, there are circumstances that can lead to the charge of menacing being increased. A second degree charge can be brought if a deadly weapon, or what could be construed as a deadly weapon, is displayed during the menace. The second degree charge is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

In order for menacing to be charged in the first degree as a felony, the accused has to have a menacing conviction on their record within the last two years, or has been convicted of menacing a police officer.

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