Menacing in the 2nd Degree means the police allege that you intentionally placed or attempted to place someone in fear of injury or death by displaying a weapon such as a knife or a gun.
Second Degree Menacing is also committed when a defendant intentionally places or attempts to place someone in fear of injury or death and such conduct violates an order of protection that was previously issued. An order of protection prohibits you from having contact with a specific person for a stated period of time.
Second Degree Menacing is also committed when someone repeatedly follows a person or repeatedly does something that intentionally places another person in fear of injury or death. This is similar to a stalking charge. Although the most common examples of stalking may involve strangers stalking celebrities, this crime also applies to those who stalk people they know.
Menacing in the 2nd Degree is a class A misdemeanor under NY Penal Law §120.14. This means that you face up to 1 year in local/County jail and/or up to 3 years of probation supervision.