New York Official Misconduct charges are brought when the public official exceeds the scope of his official functions or knowingly refracts from performing a duty imposed on him. Importantly, these charges are only brought in situations where the public official has an intent to obtain a benefit or deprive another person of a benefit.

Official Misconduct (PL 195.00)

The New York Official Misconduct charge is codified in New York Penal Law Section 195.00. Under Penal Law Section 195.00, a public servant is guilty of official misconduct when with intent to obtain a benefit or deprive another person of a benefit s/he:

  1. Commits an act relating to his office but constituting an unauthorized exercise of his official functions, knowing that such act is unauthorized; OR
  2. Knowingly refrains from performing a duty which is imposed upon him by law or is clearly inherent in the nature of his office

Sentencing and Penalties for New York Official Misconduct

Under New York Law, Official misconduct is a Class “A” misdemeanor. As such, this charge is punishable by:

  • Up to 1 year in jail,
  • Probation,
  • Split sentence (up to 6 months jail, rest of the time on probation,
  • Conditional discharge (with sentencing conditions set by the court, such as community service or payment of restitution),
  • Unconditional discharge (no conditions set by the sentencing court).

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