In New York law, Article 195 refers to official misconduct and obstruction of public servants generally. If you have been charged with such an offense, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.
The complete law is as follows:
Article 195: Official misconduct and obstruction of public servants generally
195.00 Official misconduct.
195.05 Obstructing governmental administration in the second degree.
195.06 Killing or injuring a police animal.
195.07 Obstructing governmental administration in the first degree.
195.08 Obstructing governmental administration by means of a self-defense spray device.
195.10 Refusing to aid a peace or a police officer.
195.11 Harming an animal trained to aid a person with a disability in the second degree.
195.12 Harming an animal trained to aid a person with a disability in the first degree.
195.15 Obstructing firefighting operations.
195.16 Obstructing emergency medical services.
195.17 Obstruction of governmental duties by means of a bomb, destructive device, explosive, or hazardous substance.
195.20 Defrauding the government.
NY PENAL LAW § 195.00
A public servant is guilty of official misconduct when, with intent to obtain a benefit or deprive another person of a benefit: 1. He commits an act relating to his office but constituting an unauthorized exercise of his official functions, knowing that such act is unauthorized; or 2. He knowingly refrains from performing a duty which is imposed upon him by law or is clearly inherent in the nature of his office.
Official misconduct is a class A misdemeanor.
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