What types of crimes are there in Albany?
There are three types of offenses in Albany: felonies, misdemeanors and violations. Misdemeanors are classified as Class A, Class B and unclassified. 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.
What are some common types of felony crimes?
The most serious felony crimes are designated as Class A-I felony offenses. In descending order of severity, they continue to include A-II offenses and B, C, D and E felony offenses. Felony offenses can also be classified as violent or nonviolent offenses as well. Common felony crimes include white-collar offenses, assault, sex offenses, murder and the possession or sale of illegal drugs or marijuana, etc.
What can happen if I am convicted of a felony?
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, they can make you ineligible to vote, and they can deprive you of other civil liberties.
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