There are three types of offenses in New York: Felonies, Misdemeanors and Violations. Misdemeanors are classified as class “A,” class “B” and unclassified misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are a crime, meaning that if you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you will have a criminal record for the rest of your life.
Similarly, Felony level offenses are crimes as well — the most serious type of crime that you can be charged with.
The most serious felony crimes are designate as class “A-I” felony offenses. In descending order of severity, they continue to include “A-II” offenses, B, C, D, and E, felony offenses. Felony offenses can also be classified as “violent” or “non-violent” offenses as well. Common felony crimes include, “white collar” offenses, assault, sexually-based offenses, murder and the possession or sale of illegal drugs or marijuana, etc.
A felony conviction will affect you for the rest of your life. In addition to being exposed to serious periods of incarceration (in some cases, up to 25 years to life) a felony conviction may prevent you from obtaining financial aid for higher education or obtaining a professional license. Finally, felony convictions can permanently disqualify you from certain privileges, like possessing firearms, and they can make you ineligible to vote, and deprive you of other civil liberties as well.