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Violent Crime Felony Upstate NY

Violent Crime Felony in Upstate New York

In a moment, a bad decision, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or a tragic accident can result in a violent felony or other serious criminal charges.

Every day, the lives of people just like you are derailed by a criminal charge. Suddenly, you and your loved ones find yourselves needing to navigate the NY criminal justice system.

This is a stressful and often frightening time, but there is no need to face this alone. We have an experienced and dedicated legal team that is here to help.

What to Do When Charged With a Violent Felony

Violent crime is aggressively prosecuted in New York State. A conviction will change your life forever. You will want to hire competent legal representation as quickly as you can. Keep in mind, additional charges may be filed, which makes the knowledge of an experienced criminal defense attorney extremely helpful and valuable.

In addition to Violent Felony AI and AII, there are a number of charges that fall under four classifications of Violent Felonies: Class B, C, D and E, outlined below. “B Felonies” are more serious and carry longer sentences than C Felonies, followed by D and E Felonies. Multiple charges will further complicate your case.

Sentencing for Violent Felonies in the State of New York

Because New York State abolished the death penalty in 2006, life without parole is the maximum sentence for conviction of a Class A Felony in NY.

Sentencing guidelines for Violent Felonies B, C, D & E are extremely complex. Our criminal charges attorneys will do everything to have charges dropped, reduced, or to win at trial. However, it is wise to understand the consequences of the maximum charges you may face. Your lawyer will be able to explain sentencing guidelines for the charges you face.

Conviction of any violent felony will carry more than a one-year sentence. A sentence of more than one year will be carried out in a New York State prison, rather than county jail. When drugs are involved, alternative sentencing guidelines are available, which can reduce the length of incarceration.

Conviction of a violent felony can take away your right to vote, purchase firearms, get school loans, scholarships and grants, receive government public assistance and programs (even as a senior citizen later in life). A felony conviction will likely reduce your earning potential, and alter relationships with friends, family and the community.

Choose Your Defense Attorney Carefully

There is much at stake, so choosing the best criminal defense attorney for you and your case is one of the most important decisions you will make. A lawyer that does not specialize in criminal law could be a disadvantage. The more knowledgeable your attorney is about criminal matters, the more effective they will be in defending you.

One of the most respected law firms in NY State, our firm has defending clients facing criminal defense charges. We fight to win. Our criminal defense attorneys are experienced, aggressive and affordable. Contact us today for a confidential and Free Case Evaluation.

What is a Violent Felony in NY?

“Violent” does not necessarily mean violence was involved, as one might expect. In NY, a violent felony is very serious. For example, a Class D Violent Felony with no prior conviction could carry a minimum 2 ½ year prison sentence. Conviction of a violent felony, with additional violent, or non-violent felony conviction will likely extend the prison sentence.

All Felony charges are serious and require a strong, deliberate defense. Convictions result in a determinate or indeterminate sentence. Predicate, or prior, charges and whether those convictions were violent or non-violent will impact sentencing of a Class B Violent Felony, Class C, Class D or Class E Violent Felony. Drug Felonies and Felonies related to DWI and DWAI are prosecuted under separate guidelines.

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  • 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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