Consequences of Violent Crimes in New York



    Violent crimes are known as the most extreme types of offenses. They are the most serious criminal offenses that a person could commit. Those who are charged with a violent crime can face some of the most severe, life-altering consequences that are sentenced. Courts in the state of New York are very harsh in charging those who commit violent crimes. The consequences of being convicted of a violent crime can detrimentally affect an individual’s life. Classifications of violent crimes vary, but these crimes may consist of rape, murder, manslaughter, and more. It is crucial for individuals to contact an experienced attorney if they are accused of a violent crime.

    Categories of Violent Crimes

    It is important for individuals charged with a violent crime to understand what criminal class their offense falls under. These crimes are categorized by felonies. They range from class E up to a Class A-1 felony, this being the most serious of crimes. Examples of certain class felonies may include but are not limited to:

    • 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


    When an individual is charged with a violent crime in the state of New York, they may face certain consequences for their actions if convicted. These consequences depend on the difference between indeterminate and determinate sentencing. A non-violent felony conviction may require parole and minimum incarceration before receiving early release. However, determinate sentencing does not allow for early release. This requires the offender to serve their entire sentence. In a violent crime case, the offender may face the following sentence:

    • Up to life in prison for a Class A Violent Felony
    • A maximum sentence of 25 years for a Class B Violent Felony
    • A maximum sentence of 15 years for a Class C Violent Felony
    • A maximum sentence of 7 years for a Class D Violent Felony
    • A maximum sentence of 4 years for a Class E Violent Felony

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    If you or someone you know was charged for a violent crime and wishes to speak with an attorney,  contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation and we would be happy to assist you.

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