What are the Consequences of a Violent Crime in New York State?

New York takes violent offenders very seriously. The state believes that if you were violent once, or have a history of violence, there is no place for you on our streets. While many violent offenders clean up their act and move forward with their lives, the state does not make it easy to do so. This is why if you are being charged with a violent felony, you need an aggressive attorney who will represent you in court. Doing so may give you a second chance at life. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the categories of violent crimes?

Naturally, every violent crime is different. To better classify and group crimes similar to one another in severity, violent crimes are broken down into categories. Class A felonies are the most heinous crimes, though you may still face harsh penalties for a Class E felony as well. The different categories of violent crimes in New York are as follows:

  • 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

What are the potential penalties for violent crimes in New York?

When you commit a violent crime, you put your freedom on the line. Sometimes, people do so much damage to another’s life that they are forced to spend their lives in jail as retribution. If you are facing life in prison, you must contact an experienced attorney who can help mitigate your charges and give you a portion of your life back. Here are the penalties for violent crimes in New York State:

  • Class A violent felony: 20-25 years, life in jail
  • Class B violent felony: Minimum 1-3, Maximum 25 years in jail
  • Class C violent felony: 3.5 to 15 years in jail
  • Class D violent felony: 2-7 years in jail
  • Class E violent felony: No jail time, probation, or a maximum of 1.5-4 years in jail

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