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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.

Contact Greco Neyland, PC today at Greco Neyland, PC located at 535 5th Ave #2500, New York, NY 10017 or Call (212) 951-1300 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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Ant V
Ant V
19:04 17 Sep 17
I'm just going to start this review by saying Jeff Greco is amazing attorney. I have absolutely no complaints about the service he provided me. He was knowledgeable, available at all times and very understanding. I can tell Jeff Greco actually cared about me and the situation I was going through. He seemed well connected and respected in the court system community and got my case dropped from a DWI charge to a violation very swiftly. I was going through financial problems, he not once pressured me about payments. Again not only is he an Amazing attorney but also an AMAZING human being. I would recondmend Mr. Jeff Greco to anyone! -Anthony Vargas
Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
01:19 08 May 17
2 years ago I was charged with a crime "cash smuggling " I made the mistake of not reporting the amount of cash I was taking out of the USA . Prior to that I've never committed a crime , not even a traffic ticket on my record. So you can imagine what I felt that day that I was arrested. I've never been in a trial before , I didn't know who to call, I didn't know any lawyers in this type of case. Thank God my sister in law worked in a attorneys office so she ask her boss (attorney) if she knew somebody GOOD In this type of cases. Her boss automatically said he needs somebody with power and with a good record -MR. Jeffery L. Greco (Jeff) . Having Jeff by my side was the Best decision I've made in my life. The level of professionalism and caring of this man is Amazing . I've always heard that lawyers are just interesting in the money , it wasn't the case with "Jeff " he wanted me free, he wanted me to keep my job and enjoyed the freedom with my family . He kept money to the side , he worked with me, with my situation , and he was never intimidated by the Judge. I can not stress enough how he treated me through out the entire case, so much respect . I don't know much lawyers, but He is the one you want to defend you. I didn't step a foot in jail, i was able to keep my job, and now I'm enjoying freedom. Jeff and I still text each other here and there , is like we're family , i consider him my friend. I owed my life to this man, best attorney ever. Jose L Cabrera .
Kelvin Camilo
Kelvin Camilo
18:33 16 Aug 17
first offense for me and i was super nervous. i called multiple attorneys and the first thing they would ask was if you knew my fee. From the moment i spoke to Jeff Greco he made me feel like we were friends and I made a mistake and not to worry he has my back. Jeff was available at all times and when ever I texted he was prompt, no matter how many questions I had, which happened to be a lot. He got my case dismissed and made sure I was comfortable the whole time I time he was defending me. I would definitely recommend Jeffrey Greco.
salvador reyes
salvador reyes
23:57 08 May 17
Very amazing people! Jeff Greco took my case, and made me feel confident from the very first time I met him looked me rite in the eyes and told me everything would be okay. Was with me every step of the way communication was always open was even given his personal cell phone and he was available night and day... Goes without saying that I am very pleased with the service Mr. Greco and his team gave me... Would recommend to anyone 100%... Thank you so much you helped me and my family!
Jose
Jose
03:56 04 Sep 17
I was facing 20 years to life for a federal conspiracy case. Jeff push for a speedy trail the goverment came down to ten years it being is one time deal offer then came down to three years and finally a week before trial try to change my trial date. Jeff wrote a letter apposing this adjourment which the judge apposed. Two weeks later jeff walk me out from jail with time served. Till this day i can text him and he will answer me jeff is like a friend that i owe my life to. From my experience being in federal jail most attorney wont fight for you because the federal govement is unbeatable the only thing he ask for was for the truth which i did tell him and he took it from there . Thank you jeff
Boris Pekhman
Boris Pekhman
14:49 20 Nov 17
Jeff Greco is a wonderful attorney! He took my case and worked it very hard, he also supported me so much, explaining to me the details. He did exactly what he promised. The case didn't go to trial. Thank you Jeff!!!I strongly recomend this highly professional, wonderful attorney!
Sofia Carbonera
Sofia Carbonera
19:32 08 Dec 17
Mr. Jeff Greco has complete understanding of law, high standard of ethics and honesty, and communication. I highly recommend GRECO NEYLAND!
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