What are the Penalties for Violent Crimes in the State of New York?



    If you have been charged with a violent crime, life as you know it may be in jeopardy. New York State does not treat those accused of violent crimes kindly. Your entire future, including the house you want to buy, the job you want to have, or even loans you need to take can be severely impacted by a violent crime conviction. If you believe you are wrongly accused of a crime, or you believe your charges do not accurately represent the truth, you must consider hiring an experienced attorney today. Here are some of the questions you may have:

    What are the different classes of violent felony crimes?

    There are several different classes of violent felony crimes, as every situation is unique, and ranging in severity. The different classes of felonies and their corresponding crimes are as follows:

    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

    What are the penalties for violent felony crimes in New York State?

    Due to the fact that each violent felony ranges in severity, the potential penalties you may face are adjusted accordingly to the heinous nature of your charge. While each violent felony is punishable with jail time, depending on your offense, the amount of jail time you are facing can range from four years to a lifetime in prison. The penalties for the various violent offenses are as follows:

    • 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 our experienced New York firm

    If you believe you are being charged with a crime you did not commit, or you believe you the charges you face do not accurately represent the nature of the crime you committed, you must contact a knowledgeable attorney immediately. Do not let false accusations have a lasting impact on your life. 

    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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