Second Degree Tampering With Public Records

Maybe you scratched off a date on an internal memo with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Alternatively, the MTA records you filed contained false information as to work done and dates completed. Further, you knowingly made these alterations without authority to do so whether it be for monetary gain or some other less devious reason. Have you committed a crime in New York? Are you in need of a New York criminal lawyer? The answer to both of these questions is potentially “yes.” As will be addressed in greater detail, you may have committed the crime of Tampering with Public Records in the Second Degree pursuant to New York Penal Law 175.20.

You are guilty of NY PL 175.20 if you know that you do not have the authority to do so, you knowingly remove, conceal or make a false entry / alteration of a record or another written instrument that is filed with or becomes a record of a public office or servant. An “A” misdemeanor, Second Degree Tampering with Public Records is punishable by up to one year in jail.

In crimes such as this, it is not merely the misdemeanor conviction or one year in jail that an accused needs to be concerned about. Beyond the possibility that additional and more serious crimes may ultimately be charged such as Tampering with Public Records in the First Degree, there will likely be collateral issues ranging from a loss of current and future employment to an inability to maintain or renew professional licenses and certifications.

To protect yourself now and well into the future, educate yourself on the charges you face and those that may be pursued by prosecutors. Identify your best defense and implement that defense. Contact the New York criminal lawyers and former Manhattan prosecutors at Crotty Saland PC.

Call our New York criminal lawyers at (212) 312-7129 or contact us online today.

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