Violent crimes are the most serious criminal offenses that a person could commit. Those who are charged with a violent crime may face very severe and life-altering consequences. New York law enforcement and courts are strict in holding offenders of violent crimes accountable for their acts. The consequences of being convicted of such a crime can negatively affect an individual’s life and future. Classifications of violent crimes can differ, but they may consist of rape, murder, manslaughter, and more. Individuals who are accused of a violent crime should contact an experienced attorney.
Categories of Violent Crimes
When an individual is charged with a violent crime, it is important for them to understand what class their offense falls under. These crimes are categorized by felonies, ranging from class E up to a Class A-1 felony, this being the most serious crimes. Examples of class felonies may include:
- Class A-1 Felony: Murder, terrorism, first-degree arson, first-degree kidnapping
- Class A-II Felony: Predatory sexual assault, predatory sexual assault against a child
- Class B Felony: Aggravated assault, rape, kidnapping in the second degree, robbery in the first degree, burglary in the first degree
- Class C Felony: Aggravated manslaughter in the second degree, robbery in the second degree, burglary in the second degree, various weapons charges, assault on a judge
- Class D Felony: Second-degree assault, second-degree rape, reckless assault of a child
- Class E Felony: Persistent sexual abuse, fourth-degree aggravated sexual abuse
When someone is charged with a violent crime in New York, they may face certain consequences for their actions if convicted. These may depend on the difference between indeterminate and determinate sentencing. If an individual is convicted of a non-violent felony, they may face parole and minimum incarceration before receiving early release. However, early release is not given for determinate sentencing. In the event of this, the offender is required to serve their entire sentence. Depending on the classification of their crime, the offender may face the following sentence:
- Up to life in prison for a Class A Violent Felony
- A maximum sentence of 25 years for a Class B Violent Felony
- A maximum sentence of 15 years for a Class C Violent Felony
- A maximum sentence of 7 years for a Class D Violent Felony
- A maximum sentence of 4 years for a Class E Violent Felony
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you know was charged for a violent crime and wishes to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Kevin T. Conway today.
Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.