Defending Rockland County clients charged with violent crimes
People who are charged with violent crimes are facing some of the most severe, overwhelming, and life-altering consequences anyone can face in a court of law. Violent crimes are the most serious criminal offenses. New York courts are hostile and aggressive towards violent crime cases. Judges will often “throw the book” at offenders, sentencing them to detrimental amounts of jail time. According to the FBI, violent crimes can include murder and manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, and forcible rape. New York State has expanded the definition of a violent crime to include burglary, kidnapping, and most sexual assaults. If you have been accused of a violent crime, you need to speak to a lawyer immediately. Your life is on the line and you need the skill of an experienced and effective attorney to defend your case. If you need our legal services, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway. Our firm is ready to assist you in your legal matter and see that your ordeal ends in the best way possible.
Categorizing violent crimes
If you are charged with a violent crime, it is important to know how the state categorizes your offense. Violent crimes are categorized by a felony ranging from class E up to a Class A-1, the most serious crimes. Though there are many more crimes that fit into these classes, here is a small sample.
- 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
Consequences for violent crimes
In regard to consequences for felonies in New York, you must consider the difference between indeterminate and determinate sentencing. Indeterminate sentencing is when a court is faced with a non-violent felony and subjects a guilty party to a minimum and a maximum number of years in prison. When that person serves the minimum sentence, they are usually eligible for parole. For most violent crimes, the sentencing is determinate, meaning that there is no minimum sentencing and the guilty party must serve a specific number of years in prison. Those charged with terrorism and first-degree murder will often be sentenced to life in prison without parole, a determinate sentence. This is not always the case for violent crimes.
- Class A violent felony- Life, 20-25 years
- Class B violent felony- Min 1-3, Max 25 years
- Class C violent felony- 3.5 to 15 years
- Class D violent felony- 2-7 years
- Class E violent felony- No jail, probation, Max 1.5-4 years
Contact a Spring Valley attorney to defend your case
If you have been charged with a violent crime, you have a lot to consider about your legal situation. You face serious consequences and a hostile court system. The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway is a legal resource for the people of Spring Valley and all of Rockland County. If you need an attorney to assess your case and passionately defend you against your violent crime charge, contact our firm today.