1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Penal
  4. Part 3: Specific Offenses
  5. Title I: Offenses Involving Damage To and Intrusion Upon Property
  6. Article 145: Criminal Mischief and Related Offenses


Section 145.15 Criminal tampering in the second degree

Penal (PEN)

  A person is guilty of criminal tampering in the second degree when, having no right to do so nor any reasonable ground to believe that he has such right, he or she tampers or makes connection with property of a gas, electric, sewer, steam or water-works corporation, telephone or telegraph corporation, common carrier, nuclear powered electric generating facility, or public utility operated by a municipality or district; except that in any prosecution under this section, it is an affirmative defense that the defendant did not engage in such conduct for a larcenous or otherwise unlawful or wrongful purpose.

  Criminal tampering in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.