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Defending New York clients against violent crime charges

Violent crime charges come with the most severe, overwhelming, and devastating consequences anyone can face in court. Violent crimes are the most serious offenses, mostly categorized as felonies. New York courts are hostile towards violent crime cases and prosecutors are aggressive. Judges will sentence the convicted to a detrimental amount of jail time.

The FBI defines violent crimes as:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Forcible rape

New York State has expanded the definition of violent crimes to include:

  • Burglary
  • Kidnapping
  • Most other sexual assaults

If you have been charged with a violent crime, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney. Penichet & Alberga LLP has years of successful results defending clients charged with the most serious charges known in New York. If you need our legal services, contact our White Plains law firm today.

Violent crimes by felony

It is important to know how the state categorizes the charge you face. Violent crimes can range from a class E felony to a class A-1 felony. Class A felonies are the most serious crimes. A small sample of the many violent crimes listed as felonies include:

Class A-I Felony:

  • Murder
  • Terrorism
  • First-degree arson
  • First-degree kidnapping

Class A-II Felony:

  • Predatory sexual assault
  • Predatory sexual assault against a child

Class B Felony:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping in the second degree
  • Robbery in the first degree
  • Burglary in the first degree

Class C Felony:

  • Aggravated manslaughter in the second degree
  • Robbery in the second degree
  • Burglary in the second degree
  • Various weapons charges
  • Assault on a judge

Class D Felony:

  • Second-degree assault
  • Second-degree rape
  • Reckless assault of a child

Class E Felony:

  • Persistent sexual abuse
  • Fourth-degree aggravated sexual abuse

Consequences of a violent crime conviction

When charged with a violent crime, you should understand the difference between determinant and indeterminate sentencing. Indeterminate sentencing is saved for non-violent felonies. Often, these convictions come with a minimum and a maximum number of years a person could be in jail. These sentences come with the possibility of parole after the minimum sentencing is satisfied. Determinate sentencing does not allow for parole or minimum sentencing. Depending on the court’s ruling, the maximum sentencing shall be fixed by the court and include the following:

  • Class A felony- Life
  • Class B- up to 25 years
  • Class C- up to 15 years
  • Class D- up to 7 years
  • Class E- up to 4 years

Contact an experienced Westchester County law firm

Situations that lead to allegations of a violent crime can happen unexpectedly and people often quickly find themselves involved in a complex legal situation. When you have been accused of violent crime, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our founding attorney, Luis Andrew Penichet, began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Narcotics Division of the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office where he investigated and prosecuted complex criminal matters. This experience benefits his criminal defense clients and has helped him achieve recognition for his successes over 30 years of law practice. If you are faced with a violent crime charge, you need an effective and determined attorney. If you need a firm with a history of proven results, contact our offices for a consultation. Our phone number at our White Plains office is 914-806-6675.