NYC Felony Lawyer
Being charged with a felony—let alone being convicted of one—is one of the most harrowing events anyone will ever face. Whether you’re guilty or not you’ll spend some time in jail. Your relationships can be strained. Your employment may be jeopardized.
And even innocent people make mistakes which can land them behind bars for good. It’s important to understand what you’re facing, what your rights and options are, and what your next steps should be.
What is a felony?
While we’ve probably heard plenty of criminal law terms bandied about on television plenty of people have trouble understanding what it really means to be charged with a felony crime. Most people are aware a felony charge is more serious than a misdemeanor charge, but their understanding tends to stop there.
In the state of New York, a felony is any offense for which the minimum sentence is a period of one year. New York also divides these felonies into different “classes,” which range from Class A felonies (the most severe form of felony) to Class E felonies, the least severe form. The classes are further sub-divided by whether the crime was violent.
The class of the felony determines the minimum and maximum penalties a judge may impose.
- Class E felonies have a maximum penalty of 4 years.
- Class D felonies have a maximum penalty of 7 years.
- Class C felonies have a maximum penalty of 15 years.
- Class B felonies have a maximum penalty of 25 years.
- Life without parole is the maximum sentence for Class A felonies.
Sometimes a defendant is charged with multiple felonies. Each additional felony gives the judge the right to add more years to your sentence.
Keep in mind your punishment won’t end when you’ve “done your time.” Convicted felons struggle to find and keep employment or to maintain relationships with family members. Being imprisoned is usually financially devastating as well.
Do I need to worry about the death penalty?
Fortunately, New York doesn’t use the death penalty. However, the lifelong consequences convicted felons face are still severe enough that any felony charge should be taken very seriously indeed.
I’m innocent, shouldn’t I just cooperate with the police?
“If you were innocent you’d just talk to us,” is a favorite tactic of cops running an interrogation. Many defendants start racing to talk at this point, feeling if they do they will not be arrested.
Nothing can be further from the truth. Everything the police say or do in that room is meant to help them build a case. You should not go into any interrogation without a lawyer, even if you think you’re only being interviewed as a witness or a person of interest.
The best way to prevent a police officer from charging you is not to give them the answers they want. The best way is to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side.
I’m guilty, should I really fight this charge?
Yes. Even if you feel remorse for your crimes. Maybe, even, especially if you feel remorse for your crimes.
First, it’s your constitutional right to do so. Second, even if you’re guilty a defense lawyer may be able to help you get your sentence reduced, or help you get the charges downgraded. Your attorney may also advise you to take your day in court.
By the time you walk into the courtroom the question is less, “did you do it,” and more, “can the jury be convinced you did?” Choosing to work with an attorney will almost always put you in a better position than the one you’d have been in had you tried to face these charges on your own.
I’ve never been in trouble before. How much does that matter?
It hardly matters at all. It’s a fact which might help us mitigate sentencing but will have no bearing on whether you’re convicted.
I’m not sure I can afford to fight the charges. Now what?
That’s the last thing you should be worried about. You can’t afford not to. And here at Greyco Neyland, PC we’re willing to work out payment plans with our clients, so they can get top-notch legal representation without fear.
If you’re in trouble, don’t wait. Call us today.
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