Low-level crimes in Manhattan – like public urination, public consumption of alcohol, riding between subway cars, littering, etc. – will now lead to a summons, with police no longer arresting most people who commit these minor offenses.
As per the New York Times, “Officials estimate the changes will result in about 10,000 fewer cases being prosecuted in Manhattan Criminal Court each year, freeing up police officers, prosecutors and the court to focus on more serious crimes.”
Exceptions will be made if there is a demonstrated public safety reason to arrest a suspect or when an offender poses a threat to public safety.
If you or someone you know has received a summons or been arrested, call a top-rated criminal attorney at The Blanch Law Firm at 212-736-3900.