How can I be affected by a violent crime charge?



    Individuals that are faced with charges of a violent crime can be faced with serious life-threatening consequences. A violent crime has harsh penalties due to the nature of the crime itself. Those who commit violent crimes are committing an act against another human being. This bad nature of hurting another individual physically and emotionally has the ability to end someone up in jail. Individuals with a charge for a violent crime face years of imprisonment and possible probation depending on each case.

    What’s considered to be a violent crime?

    Under the guidelines presented by the FBI, violent crimes are considered to be murder, manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault and rape. New York state has added to the definition of violent crimes. The state also includes burglary, kidnapping and most sexual assaults as violent crimes. If you are charged with a violent crime no matter what degree, you should seek the help of a professional attorney. Due to the serious nature that violent crimes present, courts can be harsh on those who are being charged.

    How are these crimes categorized?

    Those charged with committing a violent crime can be placed into separate categories based on the crime they have been charged with. Violent crimes are categorized by a felony ranging from Class E, the least serious case, to a Class A-1, the most serious crime.

    Class A-1 felonies include murder, terrorism, first degree arson and first degree kidnapping. Class A-II felonies include predatory sexual assault and predatory sexual assault against a child. As the felonies go to Class B, they are considered less serious in nature and may have lesser consequences. However, the penalties for the crime may still be considered very serious.

    Class B felonies include aggravated assault, rape, kidnapping in the second degree, robbery in the first degree and burglary in the first degree. Class C felonies include aggravated manslaughter in the second degree, robbery in the second degree, burglary in the second degree, various weapons charges and assault on a judge. Class D felonies are categorized by felonies including second degree assault, second degree rape and reckless assault of a child. Class E felonies are the least serious in charge and nature. These felonies include persistent sexual abuse and fourth degree aggravated sexual abuse.

    If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter on Long Island or throughout New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation and we would be happy to assist you.

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