Violations in New York.
Violations are the least serious category of offense, the most serious being felonies, with misdemeanors in-between. Violations are considered “non-criminal” however this can be confusing because you can be arrested for a violation and prosecuted in “criminal” court. Their non-criminal status is due to the fact that in New York, a crime is defined as being a “misdemeanor” or “felony”.
Generally, a violation is punishable buy up to 15 days in jail.