Felony in NY
Many people throughout New York are arrested each day for a wide variety of criminal offenses. Under New York criminal law, there are hundreds of acts that can result in criminal charges, convictions, and penalties. While many crimes are relatively minor–such as petty theft or disorderly conduct–others can be extremely serious.
No matter what type of criminal charge you face, your first call should be to a highly skilled and experienced NY criminal defense attorney. Having the representation of an attorney who understands the New York criminal justice system can result in a significantly more favorable outcome in your case. The following is some brief information regarding felony charges in NY. If you have any questions about a specific case or charge, please do not hesitate to call the law firm of Hirsch & Hirsch for a free consultation today.
NY Criminal Charges – Felonies
In New York, criminal offenses are divided into two main categories– misdemeanors and felonies. Though they are considered less severe, misdemeanors can still have serious consequences including one year in jail and costly fines. Felony charges, however, are the most severe charges under our state laws. These crimes can range from violent crimes to serious financial schemes to forced robberies, and more. Some examples of felony offenses in New York include the following:
- Grand larceny
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated criminal possession of a weapon
- Possession or sale of a controlled substance
- First-degree forgery
- Persistent sexual abuse
- Predatory sexual assault
There are many, many other crimes that are classified as felonies in NY and the circumstances surrounding these offenses can be widely varied. However, all felony charges have the potential to result in long-lasting consequences that can affect almost every aspect of your life. If you have been charged with a NY felony, you should call an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible for assistance.
NY Criminal Penalties
The penalties for felony charges in NY can range from probation to a life sentence. Even probation can greatly affect your life, as it can require fees, regular meetings with a probation officer, and can impose many different conditions and restrictions on your life. The possible consequences of felony charges depend on the nature and severity of the crime, whether the crime involved violence, as well as any aggravating circumstances that existed in your case. The following are some of the potential maximum penalties in a NY criminal case for a felony offense:
- Class E – one to four years in prison
- Class D – one to seven years in prison
- Class C – one to 15 years in prison
- Class B – up to 25 years in prison
- Class A – up to a life sentence
In addition to prison sentences, the court can impose extensive fines for a felony offender. Fines can be up to $5,000 or can be double the value of any financial gain received from the crime. If the felony involves drugs, fines can be significantly increased and can even reach $100,000 in serious cases.
If you plead guilty to any type of felony or are found guilty at trial, a felony conviction will go on your permanent criminal record. Such convictions can cause challenges in many areas of your life, including the following:
- Obtaining certain types of employment
- Renting housing
- Qualifying for government benefits
- Qualifying for government financial aid
- Gaining acceptance into educational programs
- Obtaining professional licenses
How a New York Felony Defense Attorney can Help
While the consequences of a felony conviction can be serious and long-lasting, there are many different ways that a NY criminal defense lawyer can help to limit the penalties you experience or even have your case dismissed completely. An attorney can do the following and more:
- Present any relevant legal defenses
- Keep out evidence obtained in violation of your constitutional rights
- Challenge the prosecutor’s case against you
- Negotiate with prosecutors for a favorable plea bargain
- Advise you of your legal options
- Represent you at a criminal trial
Call for a Consultation with Hirsch & Hirsch, LLP Today
A New York felony attorney at the law office of Hirsch & Hirsch will guide you through the criminal justice process and will work to make sure your rights are protected every step of the way. We have extensive experience handling a variety of felony criminal charges and provide personal assistance with no judgment. You can count on us to do the best job possible in your case, so call a NY defense attorney at our office or use our online contact form for a free consultation today.