What should I know about fines for felonies?



    When a person is faced with a felony conviction, they may also be required to pay a fine in addition to their jail sentence. There is a schedule of fines that are associated with each type of felony. New York State law requires that a fine for a felony should not exceed $5,000 or twice the defendant’s gain from the commission of the crime. However, for certain felonies regarding a controlled substance or marijuana penalties, there is a schedule that the courts will follow.

    For example, A-1 felonies for drug-related offenses will be fined $100,000. A-II drug-related felonies will result in a $50,000 fine, Class B felonies will receive a $30,000 fine, and Class C felonies will be subject to a fine of $15,000. There are a few other considerations from the court that may cause this fine schedule to vary. However, it is the general guideline for the majority of convicted persons. It is also important to be aware that these fines to do not apply to corporations. A corporation that faces a conviction for a felony of any sort will face a fine that does not exceed $10,000.

    New York State realizes that these fines may be impossible for a defendant to pay. The court will consider the convicted person’s ability to pay, how the payment of this fine may impact his or her immediate family members and how it may impact the ability to make support payments they are obligated to.

    If you have been charged with a felony in New York State, it is important to have the strong legal representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can assess your case and work towards protecting your future.

    If you are in need of experienced legal counsel in New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. and we would be happy to assist you. 

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