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Felony Criminal Defense Lawyers A Felony Charge Is The Most Serious Charge You Can Face.

A felony charge is subject to enhanced sentencing and a criminal record that could impact every aspect of your life.

If you are charged with a felony offense, your freedom is suddenly in jeopardy. In New York, if convicted of a felony, you can be sentenced anywhere from a few years in state prison, up to life in prison for the most serious offenses.

There is nothing more precious to an individual than his or her liberty. It is the freedom to go where you want, do what you want, and to be with the people you care about that makes life special. A felony charge can take all of that away. If you or someone you care about is facing a felony charge, the absolute most important thing to do is to immediately hire the best attorney possible.

We have extensive experience protecting the freedom and liberty of people charged with almost every possible felony that exists in New York state. From theft to murder to arson, and all crimes in between, we have defended our clients with success, saving their lives, their liberty and keeping their families intact.

In addition to imprisonment, fines, and probation, a felony charge can also include the loss of the following rights enjoyed by United States citizens:

  • You may not participate as a juror.
  • Prohibited from future purchase of firearms.
  • You may no longer vote. (a/k/a Felony Disenfranchisement)
  • Not eligible for welfare benefits.
  • Not eligible for Federally subsidized housing.
  • Exclusion or revocation of some operator and/or professional licenses.

How Much Jail Time for a Felony Charge in NY?

New York State defines a felony as an offense for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of one year may be imposed. Jail sentences for a misdemeanor, violations or infraction are shorter. However, multiple charges can extend jail time. Drug Felonies have their own sentencing guidelines.

A criminal defense attorney will work to dismiss charges, plea to a lesser charge, reduce to a misdemeanor, or if faced with conviction, work to minimize imprisonment and/or fines. Of course, there is no guaranteed outcome, regardless of what any lawyer tells you. You are fighting for your life and freedom, literally. So, it is wise to hire the best criminal defense attorney you can afford.

NY Sentences for Felony Charge

Felonies are divided into five categories or classes in the State of New York. Each charge has a maximum sentence. Multiple charges may be ordered to be served concurrently or consecutively.

It is possible to be charged with multiple felony charges. Multiple charges, and prior, or predicate charges and convictions, will impact sentencing guidelines. There are many factors that contribute to the outcome of a felony charge, making it extremely important to find the best attorney to represent you. A criminal lawyer with felony experience has a distinct advantage over a general practice attorney with limited exposure to the criminal justice system, so be sure to choose your defense lawyer thoughtfully.

Our Felony Defense Attorneys Fight to Win

Felony charges are often complex matters. Warrants, summons, arraignment, bail hearings, plea bargains, jurisdiction, grand jury, court appearances, trials, and testimony all impact the outcome. With so much on the line, it is natural to want the most aggressive, qualified, professional attorney you can find to represent you. Choosing an attorney should never add to the stress of the situation. Clients who call our firm find that we are able to take their worries and their concerns off of their shoulders and their families’ shoulders. Our clients know that, by hiring us, they have done the best thing they can to protect themselves and the people they care about.

Class A Felony.

  • Class A Felony Penalty (A-I and A-II): longest sentence, including life without parole.
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Experience Counts

Our defense lawyers have proudly served citizens from every walk of life throughout Upstate New York. You can put our 110+ years of experience to work for your defense case.

Every Client Gets 100%

The Hacker Murphy is proud to have represented clients from all walks of life. No matter who we represent, each and every client benefits from our full commitment and experience.

Considered one of the most reputable firms in New York State, Hacker Murphy Law provides clients with expert guidance throughout the legal process. Because there is so much at stake in criminal defense cases, we recommend you do your homework before selecting an attorney. Call and speak to one of our lawyers today. We are confident that when you do, you will find an attorney who is willing and able to understand your situation and who can provide you with the best defense available.

Compare knowledge and experience, then ask yourself: Who would you want to represent you?

Request a Free Criminal Defense Case Analysis

Hacker Murphy also represents clients with the following criminal charges:

Our attorneys serve those facing criminal charges in all courts in the greater Albany NY area / Capital Region and throughout Upstate New York, as well as the outlying counties.

Contact Us Now to schedule a free and confidential case analysis over the phone, or schedule a free consultation at one of our convenient offices in Albany, Schenectady, Troy,, and Saratoga Springs. For urgent situations, Please call Us Today at (518) 284-3183. Our attorneys are available to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even on holidays. We are here to help you.

Have Questions?

We Have Answers!
  • If I hire an attorney but do not want to go to trial, can I settle?
    In the course of preparing a case for trial, your personal injury attorney will work with the defense attorneys and insurance companies in an effort to secure a fair settlement for you and your family. The final decision to accept an offer of settlement or go to trial is yours alone to make.
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  • If arrested, what steps can I take on my behalf?

    1. Do not discuss your situation with anyone except your attorney.

    2. Unless your attorney says otherwise, do not discuss your case with law enforcement.

    3. Request to have your attorney present if you are to be put in a lineup or subjected to testing.

    4. Remain calm and courteous. Allow your attorney to speak for you to ensure that your rights are protected and you are given all the benefits afforded to you under the law.
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  • What is the difference between criminal procedure and civil procedure?
    When a crime has been committed, action is taken by a government agency against the person, persons, organization or other entity that violated the law. The first purpose of a criminal prosecution is punishment, which frequently consists of a fine or jail time. In a civil matter, the dispute is between two or more individuals or entities. The first purpose of a civil prosecution is obtaining compensation for the wronged person or entity. Settlement in a civil matter is generally an award of a money judgment. A criminal sentence is not imposed in a civil matter.
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