What Consequences Will I Face for a Felony Violent Crime?

Violent crimes can carry serious consequences with them. Whether you have been accused of a hate crime or sexual assault, it is important that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Thousands of violent crimes are committed every year in New York City, especially in the Queens area. Though statistics may fluctuate, violent crimes continue to occur every day. From young youth to mature adults, the defendants range in age and profile. Not only is your reputation on the line, but so is your freedom and your future. Understanding your rights and the challenges that lay ahead is crucial.

What are the penalties for committing a violent crime in NY?

The level of charges and penalties will depend on the age of the victim involved and the type of injuries that were sustained. Regardless of the seriousness of the charges, any conviction will greatly impact your life.

Violent crimes are determinate, meaning that the sentence will be for a set period of years instead of a possible range of years.

The state of New York uses the following sentencing guidelines for violent felonies:

  • Class A: This is the most serious felony offense, carrying a minimum of 15 and 40 years and up to a life sentence in prison.
  • Class B: The maximum prison sentence an individual convicted of this class of offense is 25 years, with a minimum of 5 years.
  • Class C: Depending on the type of factors related to the crime, a Class C offense can carry up to 15 years in prison and a minimum of 3.5 years.
  • Class D: Just barely more severe than a Class E felony, this type of offense will carry a maximum sentence of 7 years, with a minimum of 2 years.
  • Class E: The lightest of the felonies, this offense can result in up to 4 years in prison, with a minimum of 1 year.

In addition to jail or prison time, a convicted felon may have to pay thousands of dollars in fines and restitution.

There are also many additional penalties you will face if convicted, such as:

  • Stripped of the right to vote
  • Not allowed to purchase firearms
  • Lose of welfare benefits eligibility
  • Lose of Federally subsidized housing eligibility
  • Restitution for the victim
  • Time on probation

A felony violent crime can serious damage and destroy and individuals life. If you or a loved one were accused of a similar type of crime, be sure to call on our legal team today.

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