How Are Felonies Classified in New York State?

There are few things more frightening than receiving a felony charge for a crime. New York courts intend to severely punish those charged with felony crimes. This is why you cannot afford to wait to hire an attorney if you find yourself in this situation. A felony conviction may prevent you from getting a job, qualifying for certain loans, and more. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you must read on and reach out to our experienced firm to learn more about what we can do to help you. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding felony classifications in New York:

What are the felony classifications in New York?

In New York State, the most severe crimes are considered felony offenses. However, since these crimes range in severity, they are broken down into different classes. The various classes of felonies, as well as the crimes they represent, are as follows:

  • Class A-I Felony: first-degree kidnapping, terrorism, murder, first-degree arson,
  • Class A-II Felony: predatory sexual assault, predatory sexual assault against a child
  • Class B Felony: robbery in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, aggravated assault, rape, kidnapping in the second degree
  • Class C Felony: aggravated manslaughter in the second degree, various weapons charges, assault on a judge, robbery in the second degree, burglary in the second degree
  • Class D Felony: reckless assault of a child, assault in the second degree, rape in the second degree
  • Class E Felony: fourth-degree aggravated sexual abuse, persistent sexual abuse

What are the penalties for a felony charge in New York State?

If you have recently received a felony charge in New York, it is extremely important you hire an experienced attorney who knows how to fight criminal charges. The consequences of a felony charge in New York are as follows:

  • Class A Felony: 20-25 years to life in prison
  • Class B Felony: A minimum sentence of 1-3 years of imprisonment, though you may end up spending up to 25 years in prison
  • Class C Felony: 3.5-15 years in prison
  • Class D Felony: 2-7 years in prison
  • Class E Violent Felony: Up to 4 years in prison

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