Violent Crimes

Garden City Violent Crime Lawyer

defense-attorney-840062_1280Defending Nassau County clients facing violent crime charges

Violent crimes are known as the most egregious offenses. People charged with violent crimes are facing some of the most life-altering, overwhelming consequences seen in court sentencing. These are the most serious criminal offenses someone could act on. New York courts are hostile towards charges of a violent nature and will often “throw the book” at offenders. The consequences of a violent crime conviction can be detrimental. Violent crime encompasses a wide range of criminal activities, including rape, murder, manslaughter, and much more. If you are accused of a violent crime, your life is on the line. You need to contact an experienced criminal defense firm to fight for your future. At Grunwald & Seman, P.C., we have over 25 years of experience knowing how to construct strong legal defenses for our Long Island clients. If you need an effective and persistent legal team to represent you in court, contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C.

Violent crimes categorization

If you are charged with a violent crime, you should know what criminal class your offense falls in. Violent crimes are categorized by felonies ranging from class E up to a class A-1 felony, the most serious crimes. Here is a small sample of the many crimes that fit these classes.

Class A-I 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

Consequences of felony violent crime convictions

Consequences for felonies in New York depend on the difference between indeterminate and determinate sentencing. Non-violent felony convictions may come with parole, allowing the guilty to serve a minimum term of incarceration before being eligible for early release. Determinate sentencing does not allow for early release and the guilty will have to serve the whole sentence, which depends on the discretion of the judge hearing the case. In violent crime cases, the guilty party will be subject to determinate sentencing and the following:

  • Class A Violent Felony- up to life in prison
  • Class B Violent Felony- max sentence of 25 years
  • Class C Violent Felony- max sentence of 15 years
  • Class D Violent Felony- max sentence of 7 years
  • Class E Violent Felony- max sentence of 4 years

Contact a Long Island Violent Crime Lawyer

Being charged with a violent crime is one of the most serious situations we see our clients endure. With serious consequences and hostile courts, violent crime offenders need an effective legal defense to fight the charges. It is important to say nothing and contact an attorney immediately. If you need quality legal services from an experienced law firm, contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. immediately.