New Yorkers pride themselves on being ‘tough on crime’, which can be a double edged sword when it comes to protecting the state and its citizens. Here are some of the facts you need to know about being convicted of a felony in New York, and what it will mean for your future as a resident of the state, depending on the class of felony and its associated stipulations.
Lost Rights- All Classes: There are many rights you would already assume to have that you will lose once being convicted of a felony in New York State, regardless of the class of felony which it is qualified under. This includes the ability to vote, serve on a jury, purchase firearms, receive welfare, live in federally funded housing, and holding some operator licenses.
- Class A Felony: This is the highest degree and deals with crimes such as murder and treason. In other states, a class A felony will carry the death penalty, though this is not legal in New York and the sentence instead will be a life term, generally without parole.
- Class B Felony: One step below murder, Class B felony offenses includes homicide, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and violent assault. These can be successfully negotiated down or dismissed altogether by a successful lawyer.
- Class C Felony: This is a lesser felony charge and covers other types of assault, fraud, theft or robbery. There will be fines and up to ten years of incarceration associated, and Class C felonies can be downgraded into a B class with the proper legal representation.
- Class D Felony: While also serious crimes, Class D felonies do not have the same associations of malice as the higher categories. These include larceny, fraud, theft, and burglary. There are also associated fees and jail times with this class, though respectively lower than the higher classes.
- Class E Felony: The lowest felony charge, these come from serious crimes including theft, assault, or a DUI that results in harm to a person or building. These felonies carry the penalty of 2-5 years of jail time, but can be successfully negotiated down to a misdemeanor or completely dismissed with the proper representation.
Felony Drug Charges: This is one area of felony law that requires some special attention, and is one of the more serious crimes in New York. Moving drug charges from a misdemeanor to a felony includes the amount of drugs in question, intent to distribute, actual distribution or trafficking activity, or the presence of drugs in a particularly controlled area, especially school grounds. Repeat offenders in drug cases can increase the charges into a felony, and result in very harsh consequences for the convicted individual.
When you are facing a trial or charge for a felony-level offense, be it drug related or otherwise, the law office of Stephan Jacob Siegel is here to see you through the process as smoothly as possible. Contact me today for a free expert consultation by phone at 718-575-3900.