Felony Defense Lawyer

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Felonies are crimes that are considered to be much more serious than misdemeanors. These are offenses that are generally punishable by more than a year in prison and may include heavy fines as well. Depending on the nature of the crime, sentences can range from over a year of probation for a non-violent felony of the lowest level up to life imprisonment for the most violent felony, such as murder. 

If you are under investigation or have already been charged with a felony in New York or Manhattan, it is crucial that you seek immediate help from The Law Offices of Michael Chessa PLLC. Our New York felony defense attorney can give you the legal protection you need in this very serious matter. As a former felony prosecutor, Michael Chessa has inside knowledge in how the prosecution will work to build its case against you in search of a conviction. With that insight, our firm can counter the prosecution with the legal strategy that will put you in the best position for an optimal outcome. We know the criminal justice system inside and out and can put our extensive experience to work for you. 

Felony Charges in New York

New York classifies felonies into both violent and nonviolent crimes from Class A, which are the most serious offenses to Class E, the least serious. Many of these have sentences that have a range of minimums and maximums; these are known as “indeterminate” sentences. Generally, once you have served the minimum term, you may be eligible for parole. Even if denied parole, your sentence will not exceed the maximum term. 

Sentencing may also be affected by other factors as well, such as prior convictions within the last 10 years. For example, a person with two or more prior felony convictions may be deemed a “persistent felony offender,” which can increase sentencing terms. 

Types of Felony Offenses

  • Murder and attempted murder

  • Kidnapping

  • Rape

  • Armed robbery

  • Arson

  • Drug trafficking

  • Sex trafficking

  • Grand theft

  • Violent assault

  • Manslaughter

What are the Penalties for Felony
Charges in New York?

Each Class of Felony has their own minimums and maximums when it comes to prison time, they are as followed:

  • Class A felonies, such as murder, carries a maximum sentence of up to life in prison with a minimum of 15 to 25 years.

  • Class B felonies carry up to 25 years.

  • Class C felonies carry a maximum of up to 15 years.

  • Class D felonies carry a maximum of up to seven years.

  • Class E felonies carry a maximum of up to four years.

Some offenses in New York have what is called “determinate” sentences which set forth a sentence without minimums and maximums but a set number of years or time period. Furthermore, other sentencing options that may be imposed are probation, fines, and restitution to victims. Felony convictions can also result in the loss of certain rights and privileges, such as the right to vote, own a firearm, exclusion from welfare and public housing, as well as being ineligible for certain professional licenses. 

In light of the serious consequences of a felony conviction, it is critical that you turn to an aggressive New York felony defense attorney for help. Our firm will do everything possible to minimize the consequences of felony charges, whether through negotiation with the prosecutor or at trial. 


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