Whether at the state or federal level, felony charges are serious offenses with potentially severe consequences, involving prison sentencing and heavy fines. Our New York felony lawyers at Tacopina Seigel & DeOreo have successfully defended numerous clients against alleged felony charges, including a State Senator against felony assault, a NY policeman against rape and burglary charges, and a celebrity in an alleged murder case.

What are felony charges?

The New York Penal Code classifies felonies using letters A through E. Class A is the most serious and E is the least serious felony classification. The minimum prison time sentenced for a New York felony is one year. NY Penal Code Article 70 – § 70.00 outlines maximum penalties for felonies as follows:

  • Class A, maximum life in prison (when not sentenced with the death penalty or life without parole)
  • Class B, maximum 25 years
  • Class C, maximum 15 years
  • Class D, maximum seven years
  • Class E, maximum four years

The penal code also sets minimum sentencing for felonies which allows the court considerable latitude when determining sentences.

Examples of New York state felonies considered violent and classified as B through E felonies include:

  • Second degree murder
  • Criminal use of a firearm
  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal sale of a firearm
  • Arson
  • Aggravated assault of a police officer
  • Manslaughter
  • Gang assault
  • Aggravated manslaughter
  • Hindering prosecution of terrorism
  • Criminal sexual act
  • Criminal possession of a chemical or biological weapon
  • Aggravated sexual abuse
  • Reckless assault of a child
  • Sexual conduct against a child
  • Stalking
  • Burglary
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Making a terror threat
  • Criminal possession of a weapon
  • Placing a false bomb or hazardous substance in a sports arena, mass transportation facility, or enclosed shopping mall

If you are under investigation or charged with a felony, seeking legal help from an experienced New York felony lawyer is vital. The earlier you retain skilled New York felony attorneys, the more opportunity you provide your criminal defense team to seek case dismissal, reduced charges, and to employ other defense strategies.

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