State Crimes In New York
When you are under investigation or accused of a crime in New York, it can be very difficult to sort through all of the charges you may be facing. New York’s criminal laws are complicated and can be extremely challenging to try to figure out on your own. An experienced team of criminal defense lawyers can give you a detailed explanation of the state’s charges against you, along with the range of potential punishments you may be dealing with.
In New York, offenses are divided into three primary classes: violations, misdemeanors and felonies. Violations are the lowest offenses and are not considered crimes. Violations include offenses such as loitering and disorderly conduct. Because a violation is not a crime, a conviction will not result in a criminal record. However, a violation conviction in New York can still result in fines and penalties, including up to 15 days in jail. Misdemeanor and felony convictions involve more severe offenses. They carry much harsher punishments, and a conviction for these crimes will result in a criminal record.
Misdemeanor And Felony Crimes In New York
Misdemeanor crimes in New York are classified into two categories: Class A and Class B. Misdemeanors involve a wide range of criminal offenses, such as petit larceny, loitering and issuing a bad check. Class A misdemeanors are more serious than Class B misdemeanors and come with more severe penalties. For instance, the maximum prison term for a Class A misdemeanor conviction is one year of imprisonment in county jail compared to three months for a Class B misdemeanor.
Felony charges involve serious crimes such as robbery, grand larceny, rape and murder, and more than one year of imprisonment may be imposed for a conviction. In New York, felony crimes are broken down into five primary categories, Class A through Class E, with Class A felonies being the most severe. In addition to substantial prison sentences, individuals convicted of a felony in New York also run the risk of losing certain rights and privileges, including rights to vote, purchase firearms and sit on a jury. A felony conviction can also seriously affect your employment opportunities and your ability to hold certain professional and non-professional licenses.
Just because you may be charged with a less serious offense, does not mean it will not have an impact on your time, your life and your livelihood. You deserve to have a vigorous, aggressive defense, no matter what you are facing.
My Albany Criminal Defense Firm Can Help
Whether your crime involves a Class A felony, a Class B misdemeanor or any crime in between, The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC, is well-positioned to take on your case. I am a highly skilled criminal defense professional who is well-recognized throughout New York for crafting powerful criminal defense strategies. I know how to successfully maneuver cases through the criminal justice system to achieve positive outcomes for my clients. I have devoted my career to protecting the rights of those charged with crimes and am passionate about all that I do.
The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC, offers free legal consultations to individuals facing criminal charges in New York. You can contact my criminal defense law firm 24/7 by calling 518-783-3800 or emailing me directly.