(a) The particular classification or subclassification of each felony defined in this
chapter is expressly designated in the section or article defining it.
(b) Any offense defined outside this chapter which is declared by law to be a felony
without specification of the classification thereof, or for which a law outside this
chapter provides a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of one year, shall
be deemed a class E felony.
(a) Each misdemeanor defined in this chapter is either a class A misdemeanor or a
class B misdemeanor, as expressly designated in the section or article defining it.
(b) Any offense defined outside this chapter which is declared by law to be a misdemeanor
without specification of the classification thereof or of the sentence therefor shall
be deemed a class A misdemeanor.
(c) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of subdivision three, where an offense is
defined outside this chapter and a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of
fifteen days but not in excess of one year is provided in the law or ordinance defining
it, such offense shall be deemed an unclassified misdemeanor.
3. Violations. Every violation defined in this chapter is expressly designated as such. Any offense defined outside this chapter which is not expressly designated a violation
shall be deemed a violation if:
(a) Notwithstanding any other designation specified in the law or ordinance defining
it, a sentence to a term of imprisonment which is not in excess of fifteen days is
provided therein, or the only sentence provided therein is a fine; or
(b) A sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of fifteen days is provided for
such offense in a law or ordinance enacted prior to the effective date of this chapter
but the offense was not a crime prior to that date.
4. Traffic infraction. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, an offense which is defined
as a “traffic infraction” shall not be deemed a violation or a misdemeanor by virtue
of the sentence prescribed therefor.
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