I was walking from my house to a scenic spot a few blocks away, and the most direct route was through Jefferson Park (a NYC public park), which had apparently closed at 10:00 PM. At approximately 10:50 I was stopped by two officers and informed of this. I was issued a pink ticket summons with a violation for "failure to obey park signage". Is this a simple civil violation akin to a speeding ticket or am I facing a possible misdemeanor? What are my chances of keeping this off my criminal record? (Currently have totally clean record)
I handle pink summons cases all the time. This is a misdemeanor. There are ways to get this dismissed and sealed. I suggest that you retain a good criminal defense lawyer. If you do you won't have to go to court yourself.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been handling criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 18 years. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
For middle class people, it's a misdemeanor conviction if you don't hire a lawyer and go through a criminal prosecution. For a homeless man, it's a free accomodation at a jail -- free meals and a bed. Stay at home.
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