What should I know about felony sentences?

When a person commits a crime and the nature of the crime can be considered a felony, that person is facing serious trouble. There are a number of different classifications when it comes to felonies. If you are charged with committing a felony crime, you will need to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney because you may find yourself spending years in jail and on probation.

There are a wide array of crimes that can be considered felonies in New York State. They are broken down into five classifications and then further classified depending on whether the crime was violent or non-violent in nature. The most serious felony that a person can be sentenced with is a Class A Violent Felony. You may be facing anywhere from 20 years to life in prison. Class A violent felonies can include first-degree murder, terrorism, criminal use of a chemical weapon, and many other terrible crimes.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Class E non-violent felonies are much less serious, but still bad enough to be considered a felony. These crimes can include computer trespassing, certain drug crimes, child abandonment, criminal possession of a firearm, and many more. The sentence for a Class E non-violent felony can be up to 4 years in jail or probation.

Other factors that are taken into consideration when determining your sentence can include prior convictions, persistent felony offenders, and more. If you have been charged with a felony in New York State, you will require the strong legal representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.