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NEW YORK MAJOR FELONIES

Felony convictions in New York State can have life altering effects; that's why if you or a loved one have been charged with a NYC felony offense, experienced legal representation is essential to protect your constitutional rights. Defending NYC felony charges also requires a dedicated legal team with proven legal defense strategies because felony charges can result in prison time and high fines. New York Felony classifications and sentencing can be a bit confusing. New York felonies are named and classified by letters ranging from A to E. A felonies are deemed to be the most serious in nature and E felonies are deemed to be the least serious of NY felony charges. Generally speaking, in New York State, a felony is a criminal offense where the sentence imposed is in excess of one year. To make it even more confusing, drug felony related convictions have their own sentencing guidelines. Every criminal case and charge is unique because of the individual circumstances surrounding the case so no outcome can be guaranteed. An experienced criminal defense attorney will work to defend your innocence in an attempt toward dismissing your charges, plea to a lesser charge, reduce the charge to a lower charge or try to reduce imprisonment time and fines.

Different New York Felony Charges Explained

Felonies are divided into classes or categories in New York State. The Following is a list of the categories: Class A Violent Felony = Life, 20-25 years ( ex. Aggravated enterprise corruption, aggravated murder, Arson in the first degree, conspiracy in the first degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, criminal sale of controlled substances in the first degree etc. Class B Violent Felony = 5-25 years (ex. Gang assault in the first degree, attempted murder in the second degree, manslaughter in the first degree, rape in the first degree, burglary in the first degree etc.) Class B Non-Violent Felony = 1-3, Max 25 years (ex. Grand larceny in the first degree, criminal possession of controlled substances in the third degree, criminal sale of controlled substances in the third degree, enterprise corruption, money laundering in the first degree etc.) Class C Violent Felony = 3 1/2 to 15 years (ex. Gang assault in the second degree, burglary in the second degree, robbery in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, criminal use of a firearm in the second degree, etc.) Class C Non-Violent Felony = No Jail, Probation, 1-2 years to 15 years (ex. Aggravated vehicular assault, manslaughter in the second degree, grand larceny in the second degree, welfare fraud in the second degree, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree etc.) Class D Violent Felony = 2-7 years (ex. Assault in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, making a terrorist threat, stalking in the first degree, etc.) Class D Non-Violent Felony = No Jail, Probation, 1-3 to 7 years (ex. Reckless endangerment in the first degree, vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, burglary in the third degree, robbery in the third degree, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, identity theft in the first degree, bail jumping in the first degree, criminally using drug paraphernalia in the first degree, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, criminal sale of marijuana in the second degree, money laundering in the third degree etc.) Class E Violent Felony = No Jail, Probation, 1 ½ to 4 years (ex. Persistent sexual abuse, aggravated sexual abuse in the fourth degree, falsely reporting an incident in the second degree, placing a false bomb or hazardous substance in the second degree, attempt to commit criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree subdivision five, six, seven, and eight etc.) Class E Non-Violent Felony = No Jail, Probation, 1 1/3 to 4 years (ex. Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree, criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the first degree, criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree, criminal possession of a firearm, money laundering in the fourth degree etc.) As noted, felony charges are serious offenses that one should not take likely. The Kushner Law Group is here to defend you because we have criminal defense experience and strategies for both New York State and Federal Courts. The prosecution in these cases have a wide variety of resources from which to draw from and with that said, you need to find an experienced criminal defense attorney, one that best understands your needs while at the same time has in-depth knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. We at the Kushner Law Group are here to defend your rights and guide you through this daunting process. To learn more about the Kushner Law Group, please click here.  Call us now for a free consultation at (718) 504-1440. If you have been arrested and want to learn more about the arrest process, please click here.

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